The L&D provides a hepatology clinical service covering all aspects of liver disease, with dedicated liver clinics as well as endoscopy lists for variceal treatment.
Treatment for hepatitis B and hepatitis C patients is available locally, including the newer hepatitis C treatment regimes with Direct Acting Agents. Other liver diseases such as alcoholic & non-alcoholic liver disease, auto-immune hepatitis as well as metabolic liver disease (such as iron or copper overload conditions) are managed here too.
The hospital has a Hepatology Nurse, Therese Moore, who conducts the Hepatitis C clinics, which commenced early in 2011. Therese works on Tuesday and Thursday at the L&D.
GP referral process by ER-S only.
Clinic name: Liver – New patient Wed AM, Liver follow-up – Tues PM, Mon AM
Clinic Type: Adult
Joint clinics with the Hepatology team from Addenbrooke’s are conducted quarterly, where potential transplant candidates can be assessed at an early stage and patients who have already been transplanted are followed up.
Quarterly Joint clinics are also conducted with Genito-urinary medicine for patients with viral hepatitis & HIV.
Links to tertiary centres:
The Hepatology team has strong well-established links with Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, where complex liver patients, including those with acute liver failure, liver cancers & potential candidates for a liver transplant are referred.
Joint clinics with the Hepatology team from Addenbrooke’s are conducted quarterly, where potential transplant candidates can be assessed at an early stage, and patients who have already been transplanted are followed up.
To families of all our patients, we wanted to give a reminder that sadly, at both Bedford and the Luton & Dunstable Hospital, we are still unable to allow any visitors on site, unless there are exceptional circumstances, for example in maternity or children’s departments, or for those patients who are receiving palliative treatment at the end of their lives, on a case-by-case basis.
At Bedford we will call one designated member of family every day between 1.30pm and 4.30pm with a daily phone update. Those who miss a call back during this time and are concerned can contact the helpline on 01234 730500.
For the Luton & Dunstable, we are offering a dedicated Next of Kin helpline for family members who want to check up on their loved ones – please nominate one family member to call 01582 718884 between 8am and 6pm.