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.
Although on the 19 July 2021 regulations around the use of facemasks / coverings and social distancing will change across the country, at Bedfordshire Hospitals all COVID infection prevention control measures currently in place will remain the same.
The Trust has decided it is currently not safe to lift all restrictions at our hospitals.
Everyone attending our sites will still be required to wear a facemask (unless medically exempt), adhere to social distancing and attend your appointments alone especially in our Emergency Departments and Outpatients (exclusions apply to our paediatric patients and those requiring carer support)
Visiting is now permitted on most of our adult inpatient wards in a controlled manner. Appointments need to be pre-booked with ward staff.
Full details about attending our hospitals and visiting is available here.