Blood Borne Virus (BBV) Test...
by Sharon Brown
Blood Borne Virus (BBV) Test
Technology led by Dr David Chadwick, Consultant Infectious Diseases, and developed by a small team has won the Development of an Innovative Device or Technology category at the Bright Ideas in Health Awards 2018 held at the Hilton Gateshead/Newcastle last Thursday.
The Awards, in its fifteenth year, are organised by The Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria (AHSN NENC) and
celebrate the achievements of individuals and teams working within the NHS, industry and academia
David and the team were there to pick up this award on what was a great evening with another finalist from South Tees missing out.
Late diagnoses of BBVs such as HIV and Hepatitis remain high in the UK despite national guidelines and other efforts to increase testing amongst those at risk of infection. Around 40% of new HIV diagnoses nationally, and over 50% in some parts of the North East region in particular, are diagnosed late, leading to increased morbidity and mortality.
There is sometimes reluctance amongst GPs to offer BBV tests, due to misconceptions around the process of consent and a lack of appreciation of the risk factors of the patient. The team have developed a system that enables busy clinicians to make decisions regarding BBV testing in real time.
David and colleagues are working on moving to the next stage of the development.