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City & Hackney Public Health Evidence Bulletin - Hepatitis
City & Hackney Public Health Evidence Bulletin


19th January 2018, No 183

Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis can be caused by a viral infection (hepatitis A, B, C, D and E) or liver damage from drinking alcohol. Hepatitis can either be acute (less than six months) or chronic (longer than six months). Hepatitis can cause scarring of the liver (cirrhosis), loss of liver function and, in some cases, liver cancer. Only hepatitis B and C can cause chronic infections.

Symptoms of acute hepatitis may include muscle and joint pain, fever, nausea, fatigue, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, jaundice, etc. Symptoms of chronic hepatitis are due to liver failure, which can cause jaundice, swelling in the legs, ankles and feet, confusion, blood in stools or vomit.

Most will recover from the Hepatitis B virus within six months, but for some the virus will cause a lifelong, chronic infection, resulting in serious liver damage. A person can spread the virus even if they do not feel sick. Hepatitis C is one of the most common causes of liver disease in the UK. Four out of every five patients infected with Hepatitis C develop a chronic liver infection. Hepatitis C is often asymptomatic and as a consequence many remain undiagnosed and fail to access treatment.

Hepatitis B can be prevented by vaccination, however there is no vaccine available for Hepatitis C. Hackney residents who may be at risk of hepatitis B or C can get tested at Homerton Sexual Health Services and their GP practices. The Hackney Recovery Services  also offer blood-borne virus services.

City and Hackney Guide for Carers, Families and Friends of People Living with Dementia
Dementia guide

The City and Hackney Guide for Carers, Families and Friends of People Living with Dementia gives valuable information to carers, families and friends of people living with dementia. Click here for an electronic copy of the guide.

Communications Officer - Peace Direct

Communications Officer (Full time, £26,000) Peace Direct

Peace Direct is looking for a passionate and dynamic communications professional, to produce engaging and inspiring digital and printed content that shines a light on some of the world’s most warn-torn countries and inspire people to action. As the sole person responsible for our social media channels and website content, we are looking for a highly creative and capable professional who loves writing for different audiences, has first rate written and digital communication skills, enjoys piloting new ideas and experimenting with new approaches, and cares deeply about our mission to stop violent conflict and build sustainable peace. The application form and Job Description are available on website.

Redthread vacancy - London Development Officer
London Development Officer – Redthread vacancy

London Development Officer c. £24,000 – £28,000 Work for Redthread If you are dynamic, driven and passionate about working for an organisation that helps young people live healthy, safe and happy lives, take a look at our vacancies listed below. We are looking for a brilliant individual to join our income generation team. You will have experience of working in a fundraising, business development or similar team and be a fast learner, dynamic, flexible and share our values. This is a very varied role and we are a small, growing team where individuals can make a big impact on the development of the organisation. Our work at St George’s was recently featured on Channel 4 News which gives a taster of what we do. Please see our application pack for more details. To apply, please fill in the application form and the equality and diversity monitoring form and send these to We will accept applications until 10am on Monday 5 February 2018.

ESOL Sessional Workers - Refugees into Sustainable Employment Contract
ESOL Sessional Workers - Refugees into Sustainable Employment Contract

Renaisi is a fast-growing company, and a high performer on our Employment and Training contracts. We have recently been awarded a three year contract through The Big Lottery & European Social Fund (ESF) Building Better Opportunities programme to deliver ‘RISE’ (Refugees into Sustainable Employment) across ten North & East London Boroughs.
Salary: £25 - £30 per hour (depending upon experience)
Deadline: 26th January 2018

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