On Monday (28th) NHS services across Greater Glasgow and Clyde (GGC) will be supporting World Hepatitis Day which this year is calling for a change in attitude to viral hepatitis.
Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus that affects an estimated 28,000 people in GGC. Today there are effective treatments for hepatitis C that can cure the infection in the great majority of patients who complete a course.
NHSGGC is encouraging everyone diagnosed with hepatitis C to access clinical care and treatment. If left untreated hepatitis C can eventually cause serious liver damage.
World Hepatitis Day is kicking off in Scotland with a two day event in St Enoch Square, Glasgow on Sunday (27th) and Monday (28th). The World Health Organisation, World Hepatitis Alliance and local services will be raising awareness about viral hepatitis with members of the public.
World Hepatitis Day, as well as calling for a change in attitude, also highlights the range of services available for people who think they may be infected.
Free and confidential testing is available from GPs, Sandyford Services, Addiction teams and Waverley Care and a week of events are taking place across GGC including at the Vale of Leven Health and Care Centre, Clydebank Health Centre and Shandwick Square, Easterhouse.
Joe Schofield, Viral Hepatitis Programme Manager, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “We encourage anyone who thinks they may have been at risk to get tested at any of the services across GGC.
“Treatments are improving all the time with new drugs available that offer improved cure rates and shortened durations of therapy for many people.
“We would also urge anyone diagnosed with hepatitis C infection to engage with specialist care and support services and to find out more about their treatment options.”
Access to testing is available through your GP, Sandyford Services, GGC Addiction teams, the Brownlee Centre and Waverley Care.
For more information on the campaign and local services visit www.hepcscot.org .
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Notes to Editors
Sunday 27th and Monday 28th of July
World Health Organisation and World Hepatitis Alliance will be at St Enoch Square from 8am to 8pm. The Largest Screen in Europe will be showing tweets from all over the world, barriers, prevention messages and information.
Monday 28th July
A Testing and Awareness Raising Event located at the Vale of Leven Health and Care Centre. From 10am to 3pm.
Wednesday 30th July
A Testing and Awareness Raising Event located at Clydebank Health Centre. From 10am to 3pm.
Tuesday 5th August
A Testing and Awareness Raising Event located at Shandwick Square, Easterhouse. From 12pm to 3pm.
Thursday 7th August
Paisley Hepatitis C Conversation Cafe, St Matthews Church, 10am to 2pm