Love Your Liver Day at the Beehive

Love Your Liver Day at the Beehive

DHI peer Jane who runs the Beehive's Gardening Club - one of many activities available at The Beehive

Developing Health and Independence (DHI) hosted a drop-in event at the Beehive in Bath, providing free liver checks using the Fibroscanner, as well as advice on alcohol and substance use.

The Fibroscanner, which was bought with donations from corporate sponsor Marlin Communications, is a non-invasive device that uses a technology called transient elastography to measure the stiffness of the liver. This stiffness measurement can indicate the level of fibrosis, or scarring, in the liver. Liver fibrosis is often caused by excessive alcohol consumption, but can also be caused by other factors such as hepatitis B and C, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and autoimmune diseases.

At the event, DHI staff members were on hand to provide information on the Fibroscanner and answer any questions from attendees. The liver check takes just a few minutes to complete, is painless and does not require any needles or blood tests, making it a more attractive option for individuals who may be anxious about medical procedures.

DHI staff also discussed a range of services offered, which includes support for individuals struggling with addiction and their families, young people services, housing provision as well as providing information on harm reduction strategies, such as safer drug use practices, and tips for reducing alcohol consumption.

The drop-in event was so well received Adult Treatment Service Manager Thea Pflaum is now planning the next one. She said: “It was a really successful day with many people dropping into the Beehive. As well as getting their liver checked they were able to access a range of other therapies during their visit to us. It also gave us an opportunity to showcase everything on offer in our treatment centre. We are hoping people will come back and join us again as we have a lot going on.”

Rosie Phillips, CEO, said: “This early intervention is an important part of the work we do. Many of the people who chose to drop in to the event would probably not normally access this kind of health check. It is vitally important to ensure we provide practical support and advice to the people who are in most need."

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