People living and working in South Leeds can benefit from a new project focused on the early detection of liver disease and to prevent progression of the disease.
The ‘Liver Buddies’ team travels around the area in a mobile clinic offering fibroscanning (a type of ultrasound), to people to check their general liver health, as well as offering advice on taking care of their liver.
The NHS Mobile Community Liver Health Check Clinic is operated by West Yorkshire Liver Care Operational Delivery Network and will also be travelling throughout the wider West Yorkshire area. Not everyone has the willingness or ability to attend regular healthcare facilities and the hope is that the mobile clinic, named ‘O-liver,’ will increase accessibility to healthcare testing for all members of our communities.
This is because evidence suggests early diagnosis indicates better treatment outcomes. All types of liver disease can cause cirrhosis (scarring of the liver), not just alcohol related liver disease. Symptoms of early liver disease can be vague or there may be no symptoms at all and there are no negatives to having a fibroscan, only positives.
If test results indicate nothing untoward you have peace of mind, if results indicate any abnormalities, steps can be taken to address the concerns identified. Only when you know, can steps be taken. It is for this reason that this service is being offered to anyone who would like to come along.
The Liver Buddies team will be at Middleton Leisure Centre, Ring Road, LS10 4AX on:
Thursday 28 November 2023 10am-3pm
Thursday 21 December 2023 10am-3pm
This post is based on a press release issued by NHS Leeds
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