11 April 2022

South Yorkshire on track to eliminate hepatitis C by 2025

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 400 patients started treatment to cure their hepatitis C in 2021/22 which has exceeded the NHS England target set for the region.

The South Yorkshire, Bassetlaw and North Derbyshire Hepatitis C Operational Delivery Network (ODN), led by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, was the top performing area nationally.

It started 438 new patients on treatment in the past 12 months, representing 102% of the target set by NHS England.

Dr Ben Stone, Consultant in Infectious Diseases and ODN Clinical Lead, said: “This is a phenomenal achievement, especially in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“The South Yorkshire-wide team of specialist nurses, doctors, pharmacists, drug service workers, peer workers, peer volunteers, managers and administrators have worked collaboratively across organisational and geographical boundaries to deliver innovative patient-centred care within hospitals, drug services, prisons, mental health facilities, homeless hostels, patient homes and other community settings. South Yorkshire is now well on track to achieve hepatitis C elimination by NHS England’s 2025 target date.”

Hepatitis C is easily diagnosed with a blood or finger prick test. Anyone with hepatitis C infection can be referred to the South Yorkshire team via Case Finder sth.sarahbcasefinder@nhs.net who can arrange local specialist nurse-led assessment and delivery of a 12-week course of tablets with minimal side effects and a 95% cure rate.

Photo: Members of the hepatitis C outreach testing team

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