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Hepatitis A and B vaccines at Caritas Anchor House

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Hepatitis A and B vaccines at Caritas Anchor House

11th October 2017
NHS staff from the Find&Treat team at University College Hospital visited Caritas Anchor House to offer Hepatitis A and B vaccinations.

Caritas Anchor House offers a home to over 250 homeless people each year and gives them the supported needed to rebuild their lives. As part of our Aspirations Programme we address each aspect of our residents’ lives, including their health and wellbeing. 

The session was run by a Vaccine Nurse who encouraged residents to attend and explained the benefits of vaccination. The vaccine gives protection against Hepatitis A and B – which is a major cause of serious liver disease, including cirrhosis and liver cancer. 

The vaccine isn’t routinely available as part of the NHS vaccination schedule and is only offered to those thought to be at increased risk from Hepatitis A and B, which includes homeless people. Following the initial vaccination, the nurse visited again the following week to administer booster jabs. 

This event is one of many which Caritas Anchor House has run to promote better physical health among our resident group. Working in partnership with the Find&Treat team, we have previously delivered two successful TB screenings, where on each occasion close to 40 residents had their chest x-rayed for signs of TB. We also ran a diabetes workshop to help our residents understand the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, and we support each resident to register with a GP; in the year to March 2017, 94% of residents were registered.  

James Grech, the Lifestyle Architect who leads on our physical health programmes, said “At Caritas Anchor House, we recognise that many of our residents may have found it hard to look after their health when they were homeless. That’s why we continually raise awareness about the importance of sound physical and mental health and provide support and work with partners to offer medical preventative services.

“It is a pleasure to work alongside the NHS to safeguard the health of our residents. I look forward to more positive partnership work in the future.”

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