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WHD 2014: What's happening this World Hepatitis Day?

World Hepatitis Day is Monday 28th July. With less than three weeks to go until the big day, The Hepatitis C Trust is putting together a comprehensive list of events taking place around the UK this month.

London

Ealing

Hepatitis C Awareness and Testing Day

Virendra Sharma MP & The Hepatitis C Trust

Date: Monday 28th July, 12noon-4pm

Where: Southall Town Hall, 1 High Street, Southall, Middlesex, UB1 3HA

About the event

Virendra Sharma MP is to host a hepatitis C awareness and testing day to mark World Hepatitis Day. The Labour MP for Ealing Southall and Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Hepatology Group, will be joined by representatives from The Hepatitis C Trust for the event on Monday 28th July.

A recent report on 'Health and Wellbeing Boards & Hepatitis C' produced by HCV Action, a group run by the Trust connecting hepatitis C health professionals from across the patient pathway, showed that Ealing falls within the top ten worst performing areas in England in terms of hepatitis C prevalence and low Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) prioritisation, so the event should present a great opportunity to raise awareness locally.

Ealing's Mayor Tej Ram Bagha will also be attending as well as other local councillors. On the day, The Hepatitis C Trust’s testing van will be offering immediate and confidential testing for those that might be at risk of hepatitis C. A nurse will be on site to connect people testing positive with a local care pathway.

Glasgow

Who: World Hepatitis Alliance together with the World Health Organisation (WHO).

About the Event

People will be asked to send tweets to the hashtag #thinkhepatitis to help breakdown a wall of stigma and negative associations of the virus, which will be displayed on the world’s largest plasma screen in St Enoch’s Square

WHO will be running a Twitter chat on the same hashtag, with experts from around the globe answering questions from the public. Free testing will be provides on site and handing out information and answering questions.

It will be attended by Dr Stefan Wiktor, head of the hepatitis programme at WHO, as well as representatives of the Scottish government.

If you cannot make it to Glasgow, in order to make the event accessible worldwide the wall will be streamed online at www.worldhepatitisday.org/tweetwall. This live stream will be happening 24 hours a day over the two days.Date: 27th & 28th July.

When: The event will take place between 9am – 7pm on Sunday 27th July and 8am – 6pm on Monday 28th July.

Where St Enoch’s Square

Barking, Essex

Who: CRI

Where: Red Lion 38 George Street, Barking, IG11 8FE

When: Monday 28th July, 2pm-5pm

About the event

The CRI are an organisation that supports users of substances. They will be having a Hepatitis Awareness Day on Monday 28th July 2014. Service users and some of the community will be invited to come along and hear from a guest speaker who has battled with hepatitis C as well as our on site residential doctor.

The event will take place from 2pm-5pm and include a buffet and soft drinks. We will be distributing a goody bag which will include information on virus minimisation and where to seek help for immunisations.

Contact: Maxine Beckford, maxine.beckford@cri.org.uk

Boscombe

Date: Monday 28th July

Time: 9am-4pm

About the event

The Dorset Viral Hepatitis Nursing Service will be in Boscombe Shopping Precinct offering information and oral swab testing.

Churchdown, Gloucestershire

Staff at Churchdown Surgery are doing a display on hepatitis for World Hepatitis Day.

Where: Churchdown Surgery, 24 St John’s Avenue, Churchdown, Gloucestershire, GL3 2DB

Cumbria

The healthcare department at HMP Haverigg has a particular focus on preventing hepatitis C and will be using World Hepatitis Day to raise awareness around the virus amongst the prison population.

Where: HMP Haverigg, North Lane, Haverigg, Millom, LA18 4NA

Cornwall

What: National Hepatitis C Partnership meeting

Date: Wednesday 23rd July

When: This event held between 12noon and 2pm at Addaction's Western House in Truro

This event is not open to the public

About the event

The meeting will be chaired by Dr Hyder Hussaini, Consultant Hepatologist & Gastroenterologist at Royal Cornwall Hospital and will be the first chance to hear how services in Cornwall could be organised to maximise the opportunity for elimination.

Dewsbury

Lifeline Kirklees will be carrying out anonymous hepatitis C testing and raising awareness around the virus. The team at the lifeline project will be using a new hepatitis C test specific to steroid users. There will also be a display and relevant literature at reception.

Where: 3 Wellington Street, Dewsbury, WF13 1LY

Website: http://www.lifeline.org.uk/

Huddesfield

Staff at the Waterloo Practice are doing a display on hepatitis for World Hepatitis Day.

Where: Waterloo Practice, Wakefield Road, Huddersfield, HD5 9XP

London

Lewisham

New Direction, part of the CRI in Lewisham are offering hepatitis C testing on Monday 28th July and raising awareness around the virus to promote the fact it is World Hepatitis Day.

Screening will take place between 10am-3pm and peer support will be on offer thanks to Groundswell.

Address: 410 Lewisham High Street, Lewisham, SE13 6LJ

Contact number: 020 8314 5566

Tottenham

Date: Saturday 26th July

Time: 11am-1pm

Address: Lawrence House Surgery, 107 Philip Lane, London, N15 4JR

About the event

The surgery is holding an open day to promote health awareness. As well as the local ambulance service making an appearance and face painting being offered, there will be stalls offering all sorts of information from smoking cessation too hepatitis C.

Uxbridge

Where: Hillingdon Hospital Pield Heath Rd, Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 3NN

When: Monday 28th July

Time: 9am-3pm

About the event

There will be a stall at the front of the hospital staffed my specialist nurse Mary Haight and Dr Bob Grover.

Manchester

Where: Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9WL

About the event

Staff and patients will be raising awareness in the main corridors of the hospital and in the afternoon the patient support group are having an educational meeting.

Guest speakers include Dr Martin Prince speaking on liver transplant. One of the hospital's patients who successfully completed treatment for hepatitis C (HCV) post transplant will be talking about his own experiences. Organisers at the department of Gastroenterology also have a dietician to talk on diet and the liver.

Some of our patients have written their own poetry around experiences on HCV treatment. There will also be music, food, a raffle and quality time for patients to get together. Patients at the hospital are fundraising for a liver fibro scanner and an update on their progress will be provided on the day.

Manchester Event USE

Norwich

EVENT 1

Date: Sunday 27th July

Time: 10am-4pm

Address: The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich, NR2 1TF

About the event

Hep C Norfolk have a stall at the Recovery Festival in the Forum for information and support. All of the agencies that are part of or work with the Recovery Community will also be there as will local MP's and the Mayor.

EVENT 2

Date: Monday 28th July

Time: 10am-2pm

Address: Central Baptist Church, Duke Street, Norwich NR3 3AP

About the event

A joint awareness event with Hope Art and Recovery Together. Free refreshments and homemade cakes. The clinical Nurse specialist from the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital will be on hand for advice.

Contact: info@hepcnorfolk.org

Oxford

Oxfordshire's harm minimisation service is once again holding an event to mark World Hepatitis Day on Monday 28th July.

Service address:

Oasis Harm Minimisation Service
Rectory Centre
Rectory Road
Oxford
OX4 1BU

Website: The Oasis Partnership

Sheffield

Who: Addaction Sheffield

Where: 42 Sidney Street, Sheffield, S1 4RH

About the event

People who have successfully made a recovery will be helping to raise awareness around hepatitis C, encouraging testing, and treatment throughout the week commencing Monday 28th July.

Contact

Addaction Team Leader, Richard Grundy

Email: r.grundy@addaction.org.uk

Wales

Tenby, Pembrokeshire

When: Monday 28th July

Where: Tudor Square, Tenby, Pembrokeshire

About the event

The NHS Blood Borne Virus clinical nurse team will be in Tudor Square, Tenby for World Hepatitis Day 2014. They will be conducting "dry blood spot" testing on site, and will be able to give information and answer questions about any blood borne virus. West Wales BBV support service will also be present, and can give information and advice about housing, benefits, debt, as well as offering emotional support and other practical support to anyone living with a blood borne virus across the three counties of Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion.

Come and say hello, pick up a leaflet, get tested, or get informed!

Contact: Julia Amsbury, Julia.Amsbury@gwalia.com