What we do

The Cwm Taf UHB Liver Unit are responsible for seeing, assessing and diagnosing patients with suspected liver disease, and delivering care to all patients with acute and chronic liver disease.

We are a subsection within Gastroenterology Department.

The service is delivered at three sites (Royal Glamorgan Hospital, Prince Charles Hospital and Ysbyty Cwm Cynon) by a team of three consultants and three Hepatology Clinical Nurse Specialists.

We investigate patients following national guidelines and using modern validated approaches.

Treatment of liver disease is provided locally in most instances, but where necessary patients may need to go to more distant centres when more specialist treatment is required.

We have close links with the Liver Units at UHW in Cardiff and the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport.

Patients needing assessment for liver transplantation are usually referred to the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in Birmingham, our nearest National Transplant Centre.

Who is it for?

The service is responsible for the care of all patients referred by their GP or hospital doctor, when the referrer has concerns about the patient’s liver.

The commonest reasons for referral are:

  • patients with abnormal blood test or scans relating to the liver
  • patients with alcohol-related liver disease
  • patients with cirrhosis
  • patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
  • patients with autoimmune liver disease
  • patients infected with the Hepatitis B or C virus.

Can anyone use this service?

Anybody with suspected liver disease should be seen with a referral from their GP, hospital doctor, or drug / alcohol worker

Opening Times

Services run through out-patient clinics in PCH, RGH and YCC, between 0900 – 1700.

 

What to expect

Once you have been referred into the service, you will receive a letter of acknowledgement. When your appointment is due, you will receive a letter asking you ring the clinic booking service to arrange an appointment. YOU MUST RESPOND TO THIS LETTER or an appointment will not be arranged.

You will see a consultant, a registrar (senior trainee in liver disease), or one of the clinical nurse specialists. Sometimes we may write to you and directly arrange blood tests or scans to take place prior to the appointment.

Once the diagnosis has been made, we will talk about and start you on treatment if needed.

Common investigations needed are an ultrasound scan (examination of the liver with a hand-held ultrasound probe), Fibroscan (also an ultrasound, designed to assess scarring in the liver); MR scanning.

Contact us

Dr B Lee,
Consultant Gastroenterologist with interest in Hepatology,
Royal Glamorgan Hospital,
Ynysmaerdy,
CF72 8XR

Secretary number
01443 443584

Dr P M Neville,
Consultant Gastroenterologist with interest in Hepatology,
Prince Charles Hospital,
Gurnos Estate,
Merthyr Tydfil,
CF47 9DT

Secretary number
01685 728357


Hepatology Nurse Specialists for viral hepatitis and cirrhosis surveillance clinics): 01685 721721 ext 26930

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