HMP Kirkham: Treating hepatitis C in prison

May 2014 by HCV Action
In this good practice case study, HCV Action visits the hepatitis C service at HMP Kirkham in Lancashire. Natalie Robinson and Alexandra Robson from the healthcare team at HMP Kirkham emphasise the importance and effectiveness of their opt-out testing system, whereby everybody at the prison is offered and strongly encouraged to undergo screening for hepatitis C. Natalie and Alexandra stress the benefits of testing in enabling health promotion around the prevention of hepatitis C. Mike Rolland, Hepatitis Specialist Nurse Practitioner for Blackpool, also describes his hospital outreach service at HMP Kirkham, which provides assessment and guidance for prisoners who are newly diagnosed or wishing to explore the option of re-treatment.
Case study
North West