NHS hepatitis helpline will help and inform you

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NHS inform, Scotland’s national health information service, is providing a new helpline for people with questions and concerns about viral hepatitis (B and C).

The service has been developed in partnership with Hepatitis Scotland, the charity dedicated to helping improve responses to viral hepatitis’ prevention, treatment and support and was officially launched on World Hepatitis Day - July 28.

The helpline, which can be accessed via 0800 22 44 88 from 8am to 10pm seven days a week, will provide a single point of health information about viral hepatitis for patients, the public and professionals involved in providing care and support for people affected by the condition. The helpline, which is supported by the Scottish Government, will improve access to information by aligning all the services previously available and be a cost effective resource for both patients and professionals.

Lynne Huckerby, Head of Health Information Services at NHS 24, said: “The more people know about viral hepatitis the greater the chance of beating it, whether that be through better prevention, testing or treatment.

“Getting information out there is key.

“The new telephone helpine will have an important part to play in raising the profile and knowledge regarding viral hepatitis.”