Liver disease is the second leading cause of years of life lost in women after breast cancer, and the third in men after heart disease and suicide. It is one of the ‘big killers’ alongside heart, cancer, stroke and respiratory disease.
Mid Hampshire Healthcare have been comissioned by West Hampshire CCG to deliver a Liver Fibroscan diagnostic service from April 2019. The aim of this service is to identify patients who are at high risk, moderate risk, or at any risk in the future of developing liver disease. By detecting the signs and symptoms at an early stage, reduces the risk of developing Chronic Liver Disease in the future.
During the appointment, the Nurse will scan the liver with a Fibroscan machine, this is a non-invasive test that has high sensitivity for identifying patients with liver scarring (fibrosis) as well as providing real time results. After analysing the results, patient’s will be offered preventative measures such as, lifestyle advice, guidance, and information on local support to self-manage. Some may be referred on for further investigations.
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