Action: for doctors
We have DVDs and posters available, for use in GP surgeries and similar health settings. The DVD (with both the English and Urdu films) can also be used as a training tool during Protected Learning Time (PLT) or similar. Please be in touch to order a batch. You can also download the poster here. The films are suitable to share with both medical colleagues as well as patients.
Current NHS and Department of Health advice is to offer hepatitis B and C testing to anyone born in areas of intermediate or high prevalence - this includes all countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central & South America, Eastern & Southern Europe, the Middle East, and the Pacific Islands. Please see the NICE Guidelines on ways to promote and offer testing to people at increased risk of infection:
On World Hepatitis Day 2014, NICE launched an updated Quality Standard for reducing the spread of hepatitis B, underlining the importance of testing for migrants to the UK - 95% of new cases occur in people who have moved to the UK and were predominantly infected in country of birth. Read more about the seven Quality Statements and Standard here: nice.org.uk/News/Article/reducing-the-spread-of-hepatitis-b
There is also a free online course developed and accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) for primary care practitioners on Hepatitis B and C Detection, Diagnosis and Management:
There is more info in the UK Department of Health Green Book, Chapter 18 - Hepatitis B. Organisations such as HCV Action are aimed at medical professionals, providing relevant resource materials and reports. The WHO released new guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of people with hepatitis C in April 2014, available here.
Support the World Hepatitis Alliance's campaign, Think Again, to spread the message through social media posts. To sign up and for more information, click here.
For further reading and organisations, click here.