NEWPORT, R.I. (WPRI) — A new treatment center is now open at Newport Hospital, offering better care to patients who have Lyme disease.
Lyme disease is a tick-borne serious illness that can affect people long after they’ve been treated.
“We also find that people, even after they’re treated, often suffer an inflammatory syndrome and they’re chronically ill,” said Doctor Tim Flanigan.
Those lingering effects are a major focus for the new Lyme disease center at Newport Hospital.
Dr. Flanigan said the facility offers a complete wellness approach – involving several doctors – to combat the challenges many patients may face.
“It’s ‘What other questions do you have? What else can we do to help your body respond to this infection? How can we fight it better?’ And that’s not one person. That’s got to be a group” he said.
Dr. Flanigan said the group will work to rebuild the immune system through the different specialties each expert at the center can provide.
“It also means seeing a physical therapist, wondering whether a nutritional support would benefit a patient, thinking about appropriate counseling.”
Dr. Flanigan added that the Lyme disease center is a first of its kind in the state – where patients will be cared for long term.