Liver testing opportunity for people living with hepatitis C

A FibroScan clinic for people living with hepatitis C will be held in Whakatane later this month. 

The Midland Region Community Hepatitis C team, which supports patients living in the Taranaki, Hauroa Tairawhiti, Lakes, Bay of Plenty and Waikato DHB regions. It will run the September 28 clinic from the Hepatitis Foundation of NZ’s Alexander Ave office.

On from 10am-2pm, the FibroScan clinic gives people living with hepatitis c the chance to have their liver stiffness assessed. HealthShare project manager Jo de Lisle says bringing the service to the community means people don’t need to travel to hospital for a FibroScan. “If there’s no mild or liver stiffness, treatment can be prescribed by your GP with no need to go to hospital for treatment. 

“It’s an exciting time in the hepatitis C world as the new medications can cure many types of hepatitis C within 8-12 weeks.” 

Hepatitis Foundation chief executive Susan Hay says collaboration between health organisations is important. “Collaboration enables a seamless delivery of health services and has been shown to improve health outcomes for patients. The foundation works closely with many partners to provide effective support for people living with hepatitis. 

The Midland Region Community Hepatitis C team comprises gastro specialist Dr Frank Weilert and FibroScan nurse Nancy Carey. As well as running FibroScan clinics, the team aims to educate its communities about hepatitis by supporting them in local clinics or prison, needle exchange or hospital settings.  



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