Love Your Liver Roadshow comes to Lanarkshire to find those ‘unaware’ they have liver damage

Posted on: 14th June 2023

The British Liver Trust and NHS Lanarkshire are encouraging members of the public in Lanarkshire to get their liver checked for free with the arrival of the Trust’s mobile liver screening roadshow.

The roadshow offers a unique chance for individuals to prioritise their liver health by receiving free liver screenings and gaining valuable information about various types of liver disease. Visitors to the unit will have the opportunity to undergo a free FibroScan, a non-invasive liver scan, and a swab test for hepatitis C if they are identified as being at high risk. These screenings are crucial as liver diseases, including hepatitis C, can often develop silently and lead to severe complications if left undetected.

Nine in 10 cases of liver disease are preventable with the main causes being alcohol, obesity and viral hepatitis, including hepatitis C.

In June the roadshow was in:
Cumbernauld: Wednesday 14th June – Antonine Shopping Centre, G67 1JW
Airdrie: Thursday 15th June – Morrisons, Gartlea Road, ML6 6EF
Coatbridge: Friday 16th June – Outside St Patrick’s Church, Main Street, ML5 3HB

In July it will visit:
Cambuslang: Wednesday 26th July – Morrisons, 1 Bridge Street, G72 7EA
East Kilbride: Thursday 27th July – Morrisons, 2 MacNeish Way, G74 4TT
Hamilton: Friday 28th July – Morrisons, 5 New Park Street, ML3 0BN
Lanark: Saturday 29th July – Morrisons, St Vincent Place, ML11 7LB

While in August members of the public are invited to:
Bellshill: Wednesday 23rd August – Morrisons, John Street, ML4 1RJ
Motherwell: Thursday 24th August – Motherwell Shopping Centre ML1 1RB
Wishaw: Friday 25th August – Caledonian Retail Park, ML2 7UR

Pamela Healy, chief executive of British Liver Trust, said, “One in three of us are at risk of liver disease and the numbers of people being diagnosed have been increasing at an alarming rate.  Liver damage develops silently with no signs or symptoms and people often don’t realise they have a problem until it is too late. Although the liver is remarkably resilient, if left until symptoms appear, the damage is often irreversible.

“The Love Your Liver roadshow is a great opportunity for people to find out their risk of liver disease. Approximately 10% of the people we scan need to have further checks.”

This roadshow is part of a series that the British Liver Trust has partnered with NHS Lanarkshire to deliver across Lanarkshire. The aim is to find hundreds of individuals who remain unaware of their hepatitis C infection. It is estimated that approximately 9,000 people in Scotland are living with hepatitis C, with only half of these cases diagnosed, highlighting the pressing need for proactive testing initiatives.

Jonathan Worsfold, project delivery manager at the British Liver Trust, says: “We are pleased that NHS Lanarkshire has made a commitment to actively seek out those who are currently unaware of their hepatitis C infection. Our message is clear: if you have ever experimented with drugs (even in the past), had unprotected sex with someone who may have the virus, or obtained a tattoo while traveling abroad, we urge you to get tested to ensure your well-being. Effective new treatments are now available to cure the virus, which typically presents no symptoms in its early stages."

The British Liver Trust’s Love Your Liver campaign focuses on three simple steps to Love Your Liver back to health:

1.    Drink within recommended limits and have three consecutive days off alcohol every week

2.    Cut down on sugar, carbohydrates and fat, and take more exercise

3.    Know the risk factors for viral hepatitis and get tested or vaccinated if at risk

The roadshow comprises a mobile unit where people can take a free online screening test and find out if they are at risk. Free liver health scanning will also be available using a non-invasive device. There will be expert guidance on how to keep your liver healthy from healthcare professionals who will be on hand to provide advice on diet, exercise and healthy living.

If you can’t attend this event you can still find out if you are at risk and check your liver health online by doing the online screening test at