WHD 2014: Cornwall chosen to launch pilot hep C project

The launch of a new partnership aimed at bringing forward the elimination of hepatitis C in England will take place in Cornwall.

The Hepatitis C Trust and Addaction have collaborated to bring the National Hepatitis C Partnership meeting to Truro in the South West on Wednesday 23rd July.

Stuart Smith, national drug services lead for The Trust said: "The basic aim is to get key stakeholders to commit at some level to elimination of hepatitis C within their region."

The south west region has been chosen to host a pilot initiative, which is looking to increase the amount of hepatitis C testing accessable in Cornwall and offer additional support to access appropriate treatment for people who use drugs or are in recovery.

The scheme includes peer-to-peer education, development of a buddying scheme and a continuous workforce development programme.

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.

This event held between 12noon and 2pm at Addaction's Western House in Truro is not open to the public. It is being held in the run up to World Hepatitis Day to mark the event.

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