Blood Borne Viral Hepatitis Action Plan highlighted to mark World Hepatitis Day
Public Health Wales is marking World Hepatitis Day (Thursday 28 July) by highlighting a successful first year for the Blood Borne Viral Hepatitis Action Plan for Wales.
The plan was agreed by the Welsh Government and Public Health Wales in April 2010 and sets out a number of actions to be implemented between 2010 and 2015.
It aims to reduce the transmission of hepatitis infection in Wales, increase the diagnosis of current infection and improve treatment and support for infected individuals.
In this first year of implementation a number of actions have already been achieved and the building blocks for many more have been put in place:
A ‘Training the Trainer’ course on blood borne viruses has been rolled out to more than 100 individuals across a range of health and social care organisations. These individuals are now delivering training within their own organisations.
Dried blood spot testing (DBS) has been introduced within selected substance misuse services across Wales.
A blood borne virus prison nurse specialist has been appointed to work across the five prisons in Wales.
DBS testing is being introduced across prisons in Wales as part of a control trial.
An enhanced surveillance system designed to capture the diagnostic testing data alongside a limited set of behavioural data has been established. The first six monthly report will shortly be available from the Public Health Wales website.
A new Harm Reduction Database has been introduced in all statutory and voluntary needle and syringe programs services across Wales to collect data on needle and syringe use and other harm reduction interventions.
Local delivery/action plans for the Health Boards, treatment centres and clinical leads have been identified. Health boards have in place, or will have in place, more blood borne virus nurses in the community to support increased diagnosis and treatment. Treatment capacity is being increased across the treatment centres.http://bit.ly/nKvqio