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In Scotland there are just over 13,000 people who have been diagnosed with chronic hepatitis C and who have not yet been treated or have not accessed specialist care services. On the 28th March Hepatitis Scotland are hosted a national conference in Stirling that focused on the actions needed to encourage greater numbers of people who already have a hepatitis C diagnosis to re-engage with care services and clear the virus.
Led by the co-chairs of the casefinding and access to care expert group, Professor John Dillon and Dr Esther Aspinall, and linked to the expert group recommendations the day explored and highlighteed good practice opportunities and practical implications for staff and services focussing on eliminating hepatitis C as a public health issue in Scotland.
Through both presentations and practical workshops from staff and services with practical experience, this first of two case-finding and access related conferences focused on issues such as current epidemiology, data sharing including communication methods for contacting those with a prior diagnosis, local and peer-based awareness-raising and support, and service accessibility, including primary and secondary care treatment provision.