FaCe It launches leaflet to help healthcare professionals
The Department of Health's FaCe It campaign has launched a new guide for primary care professionals providing essential information on the hepatitis C virus. With epidemiological surveillance suggesting that the majority of people in England with hepatitis C may not be diagnosed, the leaflet aims to support healthcare professionals in identifying and testing patients at risk of infection.
Developed in consultation with a professional panel, the leaflet provides healthcare professionals with a handy and concise overview of hepatitis C from diagnosis to treatment, recommending how patients with hepatitis C should be managed through testing, diagnosis and referral to a specialist.
Most patients with hepatitis C will not realise that they have the virus as it can take years or even decades for symptoms to appear. Antiviral drug therapy, however, is effective at clearing the virus in the majority of people overall and preventing progression to serious liver disease, which is why early testing is being recommended for those patients at past or current risk of infection.
The leaflet will be distributed to all GP practice managers this week and complements a suite of hepatitis C resources including posters, patient leaflets and a guide to the hepatitis C virus produced by the FaCe It campaign. All materials can be ordered for free by contacting the Department of Health's publications line (08701 555 455) or by fax (01623 724 524) or via email to email@example.com
The Hepatitis C Information Line on 0800 451 451 (textphone 0800 0850859) is open from 7am–11pm, 7 days a week for confidential information and advice for both the general public and healthcare professionals.