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World Hepatitis Day 2016

Posted on the 27th July 2016

Health professionals at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust are raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of hepatitis as part of activities held to mark World Hepatitis Day on 28 July 2016.

The Communicable Diseases Team will be providing information and freebies at a stall at Preston Indoor Market all day on Thursday 28 July to raise awareness about viral hepatitis. Members of the public seeking information are being encouraged to drop in and speak to members of staff. A display board about hepatitis will also be on display at the Minerva Health Centre from 25-29 July to provide information to members of the public.

Helen Newsham, Healthcare Support Worker in the Communicable Disease Services at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, said: “World Hepatitis Day is a great opportunity to educate people about different hepatitis viruses and how to prevent them while also raising awareness of the infection. Hepatitis can affect anyone and is the cause of thousands of deaths a day worldwide. Knowing the facts saves lives, and getting tested is quick and simple so we are encouraging anyone who is concerned to contact us on 01257 245414.”

On World Hepatitis Day, millions of people across the world will take part in helping to raise awareness about viral hepatitis. The theme for this year’s global campaign is Elimination. Throughout the year, the Trust’s Communicable Diseases team works with other healthcare professionals across Chorley and South Ribble and West Lancashire to help raise awareness of the disease.

World Hepatitis Day is led by the World Health Organisation alongside World Hepatitis Alliance and takes place every year on 28 July to raise global awareness of hepatitis.

For any more information contact the Communicable Diseases Team on 01257 245414 or email CDTeam@lancashirecare.nhs.uk.