After a recent trip to South Scotland, I found a new friend (Mr Buttmuncher) attached to me when I got home. This was the day after my return, so post-showering etc.
Feeling slightly stressed about the fact I hadn’t found him whilst showering and obviously nervous about Lyme Disease following @OE6FEG Matt’s stories of earlier this year, I researched tick testing in the UK. I couldn’t find much on this reflector, hence posting here.
I identified the following laboratory as being capable (and not too expensive):
Biobest Laboratories Ltd
6 Charles Darwin House
The Edinburgh Technopole
Bush Estate, Penicuik
EH26 0PY, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 131 440 2628
Fax: +44 (0) 131 440 9587
Having frozen my friend and sent him off via Royal Mail (which I checked is allowed), I was sent an invoice for just under £50 inc VAT the next day. Following payment, the laboratory tested the tick and sent through the results within a week (5 working days).
My tick’s test result was negative for Lyme, fortunately! Ordinarily I wouldn’t be too stressed about testing a tick, as I usually find them straight after a walk. I felt that it was worth paying to test this one as it had been attached for a while and if I needed antibiotics, it would have been useful having a formal lab report to present to my Doctor over Zoom…
Anyway, feel free to add any other links/useful laboratories offering testing here - I hope this post will be useful to others. Or at least provide amusement