HCV Action good practice case study: Dorset BBV Dry Blood Spot Testing Service Pathway

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Dec 2014 by HCV Action
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This written case-study looks at the Dorset Blood Borne Virus Dry Blood Spot Testing Service Pathway, a model of care and pathway devised through joint working between primary and secondary care, which primarily involves the implementation of DBST hepatitis C testing within drug services, including voluntary charitable organisations. It was introduced in Bournemouth in 2011 and has subsequently been rolled out across Dorset, with 90% of all people accessing drug treatment services in the area are now being tested for hepatitis C. Other significant outcomes include increased numbers of diagnoses; increased service user satisfaction, and a better utilisation of the BBV team's time and resources. The case-study provides an overview of why the pathway was established; how it was established; how it works, and what outcomes have been achieved.
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UK, England, South West