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Midland Region Community Hepatitis C Service

Community Health Service

Description

About 50,000 people in New Zealand have chronic hepatitis C. Only half of these people are aware they have the virus. If left untreated, hepatitis C can result in scarring in the liver, which stops it working properly. Liver damage can lead to liver cancer or liver failure.

The Te Manawa Taki Community Hepatitis C Service is a FREE mobile service covering the five Te Manawa Taki District Health Boards. The service actively works to ensure geographical coverage and reduce disparity. The Te Manawa Taki Community Hepatitis C Nurse has extensive experience working with people with hepatitis C, with two specialists providing oversight of the service.

The service uses a ‘one stop shop’ approach as much as possible to reduce patient visits within the health sector. Clinics are held in the community, so those with hepatitis C feel comfortable attending. Locations may include needle exchanges and community centres.

The Te Manawa Taki Community Hepatitis C Service provides a Fibroscan, which measures liver stiffness and is recommended for all patients with chronic hepatitis C. The scan result will be discussed with the patient at the Fibroscan appointment. Lifestyle, education, monitoring and treatment options will also be discussed, and an electronic response will be sent back to the referrer with the above information.

You can find out more about Te Manawa Taki Hepatitis C Service work by viewing the 2018/2019 Workplan.

How do I access this service?

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Charges

The Te Manawa Taki Community Hepatitis C Service is a FREE mobile service covering the five Te Manawa Taki District Health Boards.

Service Types

Screening and prevention

The Te Manawa Taki Community Hepatitis C Service provides a Fibroscan, which measures liver stiffness and is recommended for all patients with chronic hepatitis C.

Information & support

Injury, illness or disability

Region

Bay of Plenty, Lakes, Tairāwhiti, Taranaki, Waikato

Contact Details

Phone 0800 195 115 for booking or clinical information

This page was last updated at 1:57PM on November 12, 2020. This information is reviewed and edited by Midland Region Community Hepatitis C Service.