NHS Dorset Liver team are undertaking a roadshow across Dorset for people living with Hepatitis C that will start on World Hepatitis Day on Friday, 28th July 2017 in Boscombe and will travel across Dorset, to finish almost a month later in Weymouth on Wednesday 23rd August 2017. The roadshow will provide up-to-date information, as well as offering people a quick and simple liver scan and assessment to see if they have any liver damage.
The team of Dorset NHS Liver Specialists are keen to meet as many people as possible who are living with Hepatitis C. Their aim is to raise awareness that, with recent advances in medication and technology, it has never been easier to assess the liver and treat the hepatitis C virus with a 95% chance of a cure.
Organiser of the roadshow, Consultant Nurse, Hazel Allen, of the Dorset Liver Team, says: “Previously the medication we used to treat Hepatitis C was not always successful and had lot of side effects, but now most patients can take just one tablet a day for three months with a cure rate of 95%. We also now have access to portable scanning machines which can tell us immediately if the liver has been damaged. Anyone who wants a scan just needs to avoid eating or drinking anything for three hours beforehand.”
Roadshow dates and locations:
Friday 28th July, World Hepatitis Day, 9am to 4pm
Sovereign Shopping Centre, Boscombe, with a Health Bus
600 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, BH1 4SX
Thursday 17th August, 9am to 1pm
Poole Civic Centre Annexe, Park Road, Poole, BH15 2RU
Monday 21st August, 9am to 1pm
Blandford Hospital, Milldown Road, Blandford Forum, DT11 7SH
Wednesday 23rd August, 9am to 1pm
Weymouth Community Hospital Outpatients Department, 3 Melcombe Avenue, Weymouth, DT4 7TB