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World Hepatitis Day- 28th July 2016
In 2010 the World Health Organization made World Hepatitis Day one of only four official disease-specific world health days, to be celebrated each year on the 28th July.
The Hepatology department will be having a stall in the main reception area of York Hospital on the week commencing the 25th-29th July 2016. The aim of this is to raise awareness about viral hepatitis, give further information regarding disease prevention and the different treatments available for patients.
Hepatology Service Launch Event 2016
York Hospital’s new specialised service focusing exclusively on liver disease received approval from the House of Lords at a recent event on the 21st January 2016 in York to celebrate its launch.
Susan Countess of Swinton, Baroness Masham of Ilton, made the special trip from the Houses of Parliament to join staff and guests from across the city for an afternoon discussing with the experts the new treatments available for patients with liver disease, as well as sharing future developments.
Baroness Masham remarked on the enormous financial cost of liver disease, a condition that is increasing in the UK while it declines in the EU. She congratulated everyone involved in the “vital new service” and expressed concern that liver disease is now the third biggest killer in younger people.
The service took almost four years to set up, thanks to Consultant Hepatologist Dr Charles Millson, who brought this particular area of expertise to York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Patrick Crowley, chief executive of the Trust, said: “Our ambition is to appoint the very best staff and harness their skills in providing services that directly benefit our patients. Thanks to Dr Millson for bringing his experience, motivation and determination to work with our commissioners to launch the service. It is a stunning example of a service that will provide long term benefits to people in the community we serve.”
Patients with diseases of the liver including fatty liver disease, liver cirrhosis and liver cancer as well as viral hepatitis infections will be referred to the service.This means patients who would normally be referred to specialist services in Leeds and Newcastle can be treated at York and Scarborough Hospitals.
The Hepatology Department would like to thank all the patients and members of staff who attended the event.
Alcohol Awareness Week
16-22 November 2015.
The Hepatology Department hosted a stand in the main reception area of York Hospital on Thursday 19 November 11am- 3pm, to raise awareness of alcohol issues and the impact it can have on our health and communities.
The Hepatology Team was joined by Louisa Morley (Substance Misuse Specialist Nurse at York Hospital) and charities North Yorkshire Horizons, Alcoholics Anonymous and the Lifeline Project who all offer local support to people whose lives have been affected due to alcohol and drug misuse.
This was a great opportunity for patients to come along and met the team and to be made aware of the alcohol support services available within the local community.