Developing a nursing service for patients with hepatitis C
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Developing a nursing service for patients with hepatitis C

Siobhan Fahey Viral hepatitis clinical nurse specialist, Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust/Calderdale Drug and Alcohol Action Team, Calderdale Royal Hospital, Halifax, West Yorkshire

Hepatitis C is a chronic viral infection, which can progress to cirrhosis, liver failure, liver cancer and death. This article describes a model implemented to improve the care of people with hepatitis C in Calderdale and Huddersfield. The aim was to design a model of care based on patient need and create a flexible hepatitis C testing service for current and former injecting drug users. The new service concentrated on three elements: developing the local hepatitis C support group; introducing an integrated care pathway and booklet for assessing patients on treatment for hepatitis C; and implementing a viral hepatitis clinical nurse specialist role in the local drug and alcohol action team.

Nursing Standard. 21, 43,35-40. doi: 10.7748/ns2007.07.21.43.35.c4576

Correspondence

siobhan.fahey@cht.nhs.uk

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This article has been subject to double blind peer review