Good practice case study: Oxford Liaison Service outreach

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This HCV Action good practice case study looks at the community outreach work done by Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. A survey of injecting drug users in the Oxfordshire area to determine levels of hepatitis C testing found that a third of responders had never been tested for hepatitis C. Following the survey results, the Trust established a Liaison Service, training substance misuse staff to test clients for hepatitis C, referring patients to secondary care and, in some cases, treating patients in the community. 573 BBV tests have been carried out in the substance misuse services since September 2016. 54 clients were diagnosed as being hepatitis C-positive, with seven receiving treatment at John Radcliffe Hospital and six receiving treatment in a community setting. 25 are engaged with the hospital and awaiting treatment.
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UK, South East