Testing events for Hepatitis C are taking place across Telford and Wrekin

A series of all-day testing events for Hepatitis C will be taking place across Telford and Wrekin in the run-up to World Hepatitis Day on the 28th July.

Telford Stars, a service commissioned by Telford & Wrekin Council to support those affected by drugs and alcohol in the borough, will run the testing events.

They will be travelling the borough with a Cepheid machine, which can provide a Hepatitis C test results within an hour, on Monday, Tuesday and Friday. 

Testing events are taking place:

• Monday 25th July: Park Lane Centre, Woodside

• Tuesday 26th July: Brookside Community Centre

• Wednesday 27th July: Whitechapel House

• Thursday 28th July: Whitechapel House

• Friday 29th July: Wellington Market Square

The events on Wednesday and Thursday will carry out dry blood spot testing.

A £5 “Love2shop” voucher will be given to those who get tested and meet certain criteria. 

Cllr Kelly Middleton, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Public Health and Wellbeing, Equalities and Partnerships (Labour), said:

"People infected with hepatitis C often experience few or no symptoms and can live with the virus for many years without being diagnosed, increasing the risk of severe liver damage.

"However, treating Hepatitis C has never been easier and can be cured with a short course of medication.

"So, we want to get the message out that anyone who has ever been at risk to go out and take a quick and simple test."

To find out more about testing and treatment, call Telford Stars 0300 456 4291 or visit www.hepculater.com.