GPs key in hepatitis C campaign

The DoH is urging GPs to be on the look-out for the 100,000 patients in England who do not know they have hepatitis C.

Dr David Colin-Thomé

Its 'Get Tested. Get Treated' campaign begins this month to remind people of life experiences which could have exposed them to infection.

The campaign encourages GPs to support it by offering information and testing for patients in at-risk groups including former injecting drug users and those from South Asian communities who may have been exposed to hepatitis C infection abroad.

Drug therapy successfully clears the virus in more than half of patients treated, with success rates of around 80% for some strains.

Dr David Colin-Thomé, primary care czar, said: ‘It can take years or even decades for symptoms to appear, if at all, and if left untreated can lead to liver damage and premature death.

‘Fortunately, effective treatment is available. GPs, as the key clinical carer for their patients, will need to be alert to risk factors and symptoms and ensure they get tested and treated.'

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins


Already registered?

Sign in

Just published

Dr Zoe Norris

GPDF slashes costs and overhauls funding rules to 'restore trust' with GPs

The General Practice Defence Fund (GPDF) has cancelled contracts worth hundreds of...

Churchill Gardens

Scheme from Brazil helps address health inequalities in London practice

A scheme involving community health and wellbeing workers, which is based on a long-standing...

Talking General Practice logo

Podcast: How an initiative from Brazil could help general practice and improve outcomes

Dr Matt Harris and London GP Dr Connie Junghans Minton explain how an initiative...

Medical centre sign

One in three GP practices in Northern Ireland faced serious closure risk in past 18 months

One in three GP practices in Northern Ireland have faced a serious risk of closure...

BMA sign

BMA warns Treasury 'many practices' will close without emergency financial support

GP leaders have urged the Treasury to agree emergency funding to support general...


Practices can use £172m PCN cash to support staff pay rises, GP leaders say

Practices can use their share of £172m from the 2023/24 investment and impact fund...