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Screening for TB and Hepatitis C at Caritas Anchor House

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Screening for TB and Hepatitis C at Caritas Anchor House

22nd August 2016
NHS staff have visited Caritas Anchor House to hold a TB and Hepatitis C screening for our residents.

Caritas Anchor House offers a home to 115 homeless people, as well as the support they need to transform their lives. As part of our holistic Aspirations Programme we address each aspect of our resident’s lives, including health and wellbeing.  We encourage each of our residents to register with a GP, run a weekly nurse’s surgery on site, organise regular awareness and wellbeing days, and offer regular TB screenings.

The TB screening took place in an NHS mobile health unit which is equipped with state-of-the-art diagnostic and information technologies and includes a private consultation and examination area. NHS staff and our Lifestyle Architects were on hand to guide our residents through the screening, where they had their chest x-rayed to screen for signs of TB. Our residents were also able to get tested for Hepatitis C on a dedicated van from The Hepatitis C Trust. 

Over 40 residents attended the screening, which the NHS stated was the best turnout the mobile van had had in the past 11 years.

Speaking of the event, Keith Fernett, Chief Executive of Caritas Anchor House, said “Newham, where we are based, has the highest rates of TB in the UK and as such, we are committed to tackling it. By holding screening such as this we aim to educate our residents about the disease and support them with their physical health”.

  

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