Love your liver – take the test


Learn how to love your liver and take a test to check your liver health.

Residents of Wigan Borough are invited along to find out more about looking after their liver health and the impact drinking can have on the liver.

On Monday 12th June and Wednesday 14th June the public are welcome to come along to the screening session to assess their risk of liver disease. The quick test helps to reveal factors in someone’s weekly life which could be changed to help reduce the risk of serious conditions such as viral hepatitis, fatty liver disease and other conditions linked to people’s lifestyle choices.

A limited number of fibroscans, which are non-invasive liver scans, will also be available on the day, supported by clinicians from Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust’s Royal Albert Edward Infirmary.

Professor Kate Ardern, director for public health at Wigan Council, said: “It’s easy to think that a few drinks won’t make a difference to your health but when it’s added to an unhealthy diet and little exercise it can all take a strain on your liver. So why not come down next week to take a test and pick up some helpful advice on how to help reduce your risk from serious conditions. I’ve taken the test myself and it’s quick, simple and a great way to check the condition of your liver.

“There is also a wealth of support out there for anyone who feels they or someone they know may be drinking too much from our HealthyRoutes on the High Street stores too.”

For those unavailable to attend, the British Liver Trust has developed an online screener that acts as an early warning system. The screener takes five minutes to complete and is available at www.loveyourliver.org.

The screenings will take place at Healthy Routes on the High Street on Crompton Street, Wigan on Monday and Healthy Routes on the High Street on Bradshawgate in Leigh on Wednesday. Both sessions run from 10am to 4pm, there is no need to book and the scans will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

The HealthyRoutes service can support people to quit smoking, drink less, be more active and eat more healthily through one to one support. Call 01942 489012 or text HUB to 61825 for more details.

For further information, treatment and support for those affected by alcohol and drugs please visit wlrp.org.uk

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