Christine Landon, Alka Maru
British Journal of Community Nursing, Vol. 18, Iss. 1, 09 Jan 2013, pp 19 - 21
The Viral Hepatitis Nursing Team from Lancashire Care Foundation Trust implemented a project raising awareness on Hepatitis B (HBV), offering detailed risk assessments and diagnostic testing to the south Asian community in Preston using local mosques. Post questionnaires were given to the participants to evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention. Results: In total 156 participants, all offered HBV testing and HBV vaccinations. 2 HBV surface antigen positive (HBsAg) positives, 10 past infection (HBsAg negative, antiHBC positive), 11 contacts followed up for testing and vaccinations. In conclusion, the initiative endeavours to increase the awareness of HBV amongst the population profile in order to improve the health of the South Asian community in the wider population as a direct result.