healthy is your stomach?
DO you suffer
from recurring bouts of indigestion, persistent upset stomachs or
reflux and use antacids to relieve your symptoms? If the answer is
yes, why not try GastroView – the 3 in 1 indigestion test, a unique
new test available at Assura Pharmacy, West Everton – the first
pharmacy chain in the country to offer it.
The test, developed and produced by Biohit, works by detecting the
presence of the H.pylori (Helicobacter pylori) bacterium in the
stomach. H.pylori has been identified as one of the main causes of
stomach problems and, if left untreated can lead to a range of
conditions including stomach ulcers and inflammation of the stomach
lining. Infection has also been linked to an increased risk of
developing stomach cancer .
Many people dismiss stomach problems and indigestion as a
consequence of their lifestyle, and it is estimated that 25% of the
population use antacids to relieve symptoms without knowing if there
is an underlying long-term problem. It is thought that 5-10% of
those over the age of 45 suffer from conditions involving
inflammation of the stomach lining. The good news is that, in most
cases, a course of antibiotics can be enough to eradicate the H.
The test is unique in that it not only checks for the presence of
H.pylori (Helicobacter pylori), but also examines the extent of any
damage caused to the stomach lining by the presence of the
bacterium, or from other causes. This is the first time it’s been
possible to investigate the level of damage to the stomach lining at
your pharmacy without the need for an unpleasant procedure such as a
GastroView offers people with everyday stomach conditions an insight
into what is happening within their stomach – one of the most
complex organs in the body. Simply buy the test off the shelf and
make an appointment with the pharmacist for a quick and virtually
painless finger prick to collect a small blood sample. Once the
sample has been taken it will be sent to the Biohit laboratory for
extensive analysis. A comprehensive report is then sent to you -
along with recommendations for treatment, if appropriate - which you
can share with your GP or Assura Pharmacist for further advice.
Shirley Cox, store manager of Assura Pharmacy, West Everton:-
“We are delighted to be offering this new service to our customers.
Conditions such as indigestion, upset stomachs and reflux are
usually considered to be a consequence of lifestyles, but there
could be an underlying long term problem, which for the first time
can be ruled out by using GastroView. We know people are
becoming more aware of screening tests to assist in getting to the
root cause of long-term conditions and we are happy to talk to
customers to explain how the test works and what the results may
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Under doctor’s orders
THE STORY of
Liverpool’s groundbreaking medical record has inspired a major new
festival. Extraordinary Journey will examine the city’s role
at the cutting edge of health and wellbeing with a range of free
events, including exhibitions, walks and talks.
The North West has been at the very heart of health innovation for
more than 200 years, leading the way for a host of ground-breaking
developments: ranging from the appointment of the country’s first
medical officer for health 1847; to the launch of the highly
influential Smokefree Liverpool campaign in 2004.
Councillor Warren Bradley, leader of Liverpool city council and
deputy chair of the Liverpool Culture Company, said:- “Many
people will be unaware of the extent to which Liverpool has
influenced the development of health and social care. A
significant number of medical advancements originated in Liverpool,
many of which we now take for granted. For example, it was a doctor
working at Liverpool Maternity Hospital who introduced the use of
gas and air during childbirth, and the Liverpool School of Tropical
Medicine – the first of its kind in the world – was responsible for
developing mosquito netting suitable for mass production. It’s
particularly fitting that we’re marking these achievements in the
city’s 800th birthday year, which is an opportunity for everyone to
celebrate Liverpool’s amazing history.”
Extraordinary Journey will also look at the civic design and
creative advancements that have enhanced life on Merseyside,
including the opening of Birkenhead Park in 1847 – the country’s
first public park and the inspiration for New York’s Central Park.
Louise O’Brien, Project Manager for English Heritage said:-
“English Heritage is proud to support this unique project which
tells the fascinating and often under-told history of the built
heritage of Liverpool and its connection to the development of
health and social care provision in the city. The significance
of the buildings that have played an integral role in Liverpool’s
pioneering approach to health care can not be underestimated and the
festival is a fantastic way of revealing just how innovative
Liverpool has been in this field.”
Festival organisers are keen to recognise the contribution that
Liverpool’s modern-day health practitioners continue to make to the
sector, and are encouraging them to share stories of innovation.
People can add their own add pioneering achievements to the
Extraordinary Journey Log by emailing
with a description of no more than 150 words.
Extraordinary Journey is organised by the Liverpool Culture Company,
in partnership with English Heritage, the University of Liverpool,
Liverpool Healthy City, PSS, Liverpool NHS Primary Care Trust, the
Jepson-Hughes Medical Collection, the Duncan Society and the
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.
The festival runs from September 14 to November 30. A full list of
events is provided in the festival brochure, which is available from
health settings across Liverpool and in the 08 Place in Whitechapel.
An events guide can also be downloaded from