Health roadshow in town
MEMBERS of the public will be able to get a free health check when a liver screening roadshow parks up in Elgin this weekend.
The British Liver Trust’s Love Your Liver roadshow will be at the Plainstones on Sunday, September 15, to raise awareness of liver disease.
Men and women can pop into the mobile unit between 10am-4pm to find out what preventative measures they can take to keep their liver healthy. The first 100 people to attend will be offered a free liver scan using a non-invasive device.
Hospital admissions due to liver disease have increased five-fold in Scotland over the last 40 years. Nine in 10 cases of liver disease are preventable with the main causes being alcohol, obesity and viral hepatitis.
Pamela Healy, chief executive of the British Liver Trust, said: "One in three of us are at risk of liver disease and the numbers of people being diagnosed have been increasing at an alarming rate.
"Liver damage develops silently with no signs or symptoms and people often don’t realise they have a problem until it is too late. Although the liver is remarkably resilient, if left until symptoms appear, the damage is often irreversible.
"The Love Your Liver roadshow is a great opportunity for people to find out their risk of liver disease and the first 100 people to attend will receive a free non-invasive scan. Approximately 20% of the people we scan need to have further checks."
Healthcare professionals will be on hand to offer advice on diet, exercise and healthy living.
An online screening test is available at www.britishlivertrust.org.uk/screener.