Clinical

Survey of Hepatitis C Services in Prisons in England

Survey of Hepatitis C Services in Prisons in England

The first dedicated survey of hepatitis C services in prisons in England shows that diagnosis and treatment for chronic hepatitis C infection is available to prisoners in most prisons in England, but that care models available vary between in-reach service and out-reach based services.

The aim of the survey was to collect basic information on what type of services are provided in prisons for the diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of prisoners infected by hepatitis C. There are some positive indications emerging from the survey, the most important one being that hepatitis C diagnostic services are now being offered in all prisons except one. A previous generic survey carried out in 2007 showed only two thirds of prisons testing.

The results of this survey details useful information for policy makers, commissioners and service providers on models of good practice for provision of diagnosis, treatment and care of people living with hepatitis C infection in prisons in England.