People at risk of liver disease in the North West are being encouraged to get their liver checked for free in:
- Barrow-in-Furness: Town Hall, Duke Street, LA14 2LD on Tuesday 23rd January
- Morecambe: Morrisons, Central Drive LA4 4DA on Wednesday 24th January
- Blackpool: St John’s Square FY1 1DL on Thursday 25th January
- Preston: Preston Flag Market PR1 2AP on Friday 26th January
- Blackburn: Town Hall Square BB1 7DY on Saturday 27th January
- Kendal: Morrisons, Queen Katherines Avenue LA9 6DU on Tuesday 6th February
- Fleetwood: Affinity Lancashire Outlet Shopping, Anchorage Road FY7 6AE on Wednesday 7th February
- Chorley: Fazakerley Street PR7 1BG on Thursday 8th February
- Accrington: location TBC on Friday 9th February
- Burnley: St James's Street BB11 1QL on Saturday 10th February
with the arrival of a mobile liver screening roadshow.
One in ten adults in the North West may be walking around with liver disease and be completely unaware because there are usually no symptoms in the early stages, warns the British Liver Trust.
East Lancashire NHS Trust has partnered with the British Liver Trust to offer liver health checks to people at risk of liver disease by bringing the charity’s Love Your Liver unit to the town centres. People who live with obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, drink alcohol in large quantities, or are at risk of viral hepatitis are invited to visit the mobile liver unit between 10am and 4pm. Nine in 10 cases of liver disease are preventable, with the above conditions being the main causes.
The roadshow comprises a mobile unit where people can find out if they are at risk. Free liver health scanning will also be available using a non-invasive device. Meanwhile healthcare professionals will also provide expert guidance on how to keep your liver healthy including diet, exercise and healthy living.
Pamela Healy, Chief Executive of British Liver Trust, said, “We are delighted that East Lancashire NHS Trust has hired our Love Your Liver mobile unit, allowing them to bring information and guidance about preventative liver disease to the people of Barrow-in-Furness, Morecambe and Blackpool.
“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.
“Approximately 10% of the people scanned at the British Liver Trust’s mobile Love Your Liver events nationwide need to have further checks.”
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
If you can’t attend these events you can still find out if you are at risk and check your liver health online by doing the online screening test