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Welcome to the latest edition of the Hepatitis Scotland e-Bulletin.
The Hepatitis Scotland e-bulletin can be an opportunity to share news, views, knowledge and experience throughout our national and sector wide contact list. If you have any research, ideas, news or upcoming events that you would like to see featured in our e-Bulletin, please forward the details to email@example.com for consideration.
This year World Hepatitis Day (WHD) falls on the opening weekend of the London 2012 Olympics. A number of Scottish Third Sector Groups have come together to organise a National ‘Hep-tathlon’ Event, which will take place in Glasgow at Scotstoun Leisure Centre on Friday the 27th of July.
We would like to invite individuals, groups and services to take part, whether that be by registering a team for the 5 a-side Football or Badminton Doubles Tournaments, or simply coming along to the event on the day. There will also be information stalls on subjects such as healthy living, nutrition, alcohol, smoking, sexual health and benefits; as well as Yoga and Tai Chi taster classes, massage instruction and a Wii Olympics event.
For any further enquiries please contact David Barbour at Hepatitis Scotland at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0141 225 0419.
The first prize will be a football signed by the Rangers Football Club PLC squad before the clubs liquidation, this is a collectors item, where ever your loyalties may lay. This has been donated by C-Level. The other main prize will be a Nintendo Wii, that will be used on the day for the Wii Olympics. Tickets will be on sale or available for distribution in the near future. If your service is able to sell tickets towards a very worthy cause, please contact david@hepatitisscotland for more information.
People living with Hepatitis C can experience a range of issues that may make it difficult for them to access testing, attend hospital care, and manage their condition effectively. Some issues are Hep C-specific whilst others are more generic, including benefits, housing, employment, accessibility/travel, and substance use.
Hepatitis Scotland and the Lothian and Grampian Hepatitis Managed Care Networks are holding 2 events in Livingston and Aberdeen to discuss the information and support needs of people living with Hepatitis C. The Livingston event will focus on West Lothian however the issues that arise may also be of relevance to staff, and those affected by Hepatitis C, living and working in Mid and East Lothian.
These events will provide an opportunity for statutory and voluntary sector service providers to:
• Identify the key information and support needs for people living with Hep C
• Discuss the evidence base regarding which interventions are most effective at meeting these needs
• Highlight any gaps or barriers and identify potential solutions
• Consider the mix of Hep C-specific and generic services that are best placed to provide information and support.
The West Lothian event takes place on Thursday the 28th of June, 12.30pm -4.30pm, at the Howden Park Centre in Livingston.
The Grampian event is on Thursday the 16th of August, 10.00 am -4 pm, in Aberdeen.
These are free events. To book your place for either event please contact email@example.com.
From 1st July 2012 Waverley Care will be providing Hepatitis C support services for the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde region. Established in 1989, Waverley Care is an experienced Scottish based charity providing support services across Scotland to those living with, or affected by, Hepatitis C or HIV.
Although there will be some changes, high quality support services will continue and minimal disruption to services is the top priority of both organisations. You will even see familiar faces in the office as staff and volunteers from C-Level will transfer to Waverley Care.
To carry out the administration around the transfer of services, the final day for services provided by C-Level will be Thursday 14th June 2012. Appointments and groups will resume on Monday 2nd July. C-Level and Waverley Care will keep service users updaed of any changes, including a possible change of address.
Hepatitis Scotland will also keep people updated on any changes to services through our website and e-Bulletins.
C-Plus have just published a leaflet developed by prisoners at HMP Edinburgh for their fellow prisoners. It was developed to help reduce the risk of prisoners acquiring Hepatitis C and how to access testing and treatment if they had been at risk. This program was funded through Lothian MCN.
To coincide with World Hepatitis Day, Hepatitis Scotland were asked to take responsibility for highlighting and awareness-raising with the national Viral Hepatitis workforce. We have looked at this remit as those directly working with those affected, and those who potentially could have a positive impact on those affected, whether that be health or social care.
To best gain a national audience we will be streaming a series of web-based broadcasts on 3 different viral hepatitis related topics. The presentations will include new testing issues, the new Protease Inhibitor Hepatitis C treatments, Mental Health issues from both a consultants and a patients perspective; and a look at Hepatitis B in Scotland and how best to focus testing, treatment and prevention resources.
The presentations will be streamed via U-stream on 31st July, 1st and 2nd August from 1630 to 1800. There will be two presenters per topic, each with a 15- 20 minute slot. The two presenters will then combine to host a ½ to ¾ hour live workshop, fielding questions from email, twitter, and text. Web-based access, at this convenient late afternoon time will allow as many as possible to access the series. These events are also pilots for a planned regular series of educational web-based broadcasts.
The events have been submitted for e-Pass accreditation. If you are interested in gaining any CPD points through these events please contact firstname.lastname@example.org .