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Liver Health

Liver Health Treatment

Liver Health

The liver is in the upper right part of the abdomen. The functions of the liver include: storing glycogen (fuel for the body) which is made from sugars; helping to process fats and proteins from digested food; making proteins that are essential for blood to clot (clotting factors); processing many medicines which you may take; helping to remove poisons and toxins from the body. The liver also makes bile which helps to digest fats.

The GI Unit is the UK’s leading specialist for liver health. Based at the Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth the centre provides state-of-the-art facilities, same day appointments and specialist liver consultants.

Liver Health Conditions

Alcohol Related Liver Disease

Alcohol-related liver disease (ARLD) is where the liver is damaged by drinking too much alcohol. The liver is a complex organ that regulates blood sugar and cholesterol levels, filters toxins and helps fight disease and infection. Read more about alcohol related liver disease here.

Liver Cancer

This is a cancer that initiates in the cells of the liver called hepatocytes. The exact cause of liver cancer is unknown but most are associated with liver damage known as cirrhosis. Read more about liver cancer here.

Fatty Liver Disease

This is a condition caused by the build up of fat in cells in the liver. It can be caused by drinking too much alcohol but there are other non-related causes such as obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes and smoking. Read more about fatty liver disease here.

Hepatitis

Hepatitis is a viral condition that causes the liver to become inflamed and damaged. The most common types are hepatitis B and C. Read more about Hepatitis here.

Appointment

To ask a question, make an enquiry or book an appointment, contact our specialist GI team who are available between Monday – Friday 8am – 6pm and on Saturday from 9.00am to 2.00pm. Our GI Unit team have a dedicated and caring approach and will seek to find you the earliest appointment possible with the correct specialist for your needs.

Contact Us Today

To ask a question about liver health or to book an appointment, contact our specialist team available Monday – Friday 8am – 6pm and on Saturday from 9am – 1pm.

Our gastrointestinal specialists team have a dedicated and caring approach and will seek to find you the earliest appointment possible with the correct specialist for your needs. If you are self-paying you don’t need a referral from your GP. You can simply refer yourself and book an appointment. If you have medical insurance (e.g. Bupa, Axa PPP, Aviva), you will need to contact your insurer for authorisation for any treatment and, in most cases, you will require a referral letter from your GP. If you do not have a GP, then we have an in-house private GP practice that you can use.Alternatively we can suggest the most appropriate course of action for you to take, given your location and individual circumstance.

Call us on 020 7078 3802 or email us at gi.unit@hje.org.uk

 

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