Hepa­tol­ogy part­ner­ship cur­ing hep­ati­tis C

Maroochy Weekly - - NEWS -

SUN­SHINE Coast Univer­sity Hospi­tal’s gas­troen­terol­ogy and hepa­tol­ogy depart­ment is help­ing cure hep­ati­tis C suf­fer­ers in the Sun­shine Coast and Wide Bay re­gions.

The Sun­shine Coast Hep­ati­tis C Part­ner­ship, sup­ported by the Depart­ment of Health’s Clin­i­cal Ex­cel­lence Di­vi­sion, is pro­vid­ing an in­no­va­tive and rapid ac­cess ser­vice to pa­tients across the two re­gions.

Gas­troen­terol­ogy and Hepa­tol­ogy act­ing clin­i­cal di­rec­tor Dr Jonathan Mitchell said the com­mu­nity-based, nurse-led hep­ati­tis C clinic of­fered mo­bile fi­broscan ser­vice to pa­tients at mul­ti­ple lo­ca­tions across the re­gion.

This sim­ple, quick and pain­less test uses ul­tra­sound to screen for liver dis­ease by as­sess­ing the amount of HCV-re­lated scar­ring in the liver.

“Pa­tients can ask their GP to or­gan­ise a re­fer­ral into the ser­vice, or call our Hepa­tol­ogy Nurse about the pro­gram,” Dr Mitchell said.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion please phone Clare on 0408 405 440.

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