British Liver Trust

Demand Faster Diagnosis

Early symptoms of liver damage are often missed, leading to serious illness and high mortality. Causes of liver disease are misunderstood. Demand Faster Diagnosis is calling for a clear process of finding and treating patients, working in partnership with the NHS to make this a reality.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (298858)

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United Kingdom


Mortality rates for liver disease have increased 400% in a generation. One in three of the population is at risk of liver damage leading to liver cancer; obesity, alcohol and other lifestyle factors impact on the liver, and along with the difficulty of spotting symptoms early, lead to 75% of patients being diagnosed in hospital, when treatment options are limited or too late. Liver disease is the third biggest killer of people in working age, with 62,000 years of working life lost every year.


Liver disease can go undetected for years and cause major damage, as symptoms are hard to diagnose. The liver can often repair itself if damage is caught early. Finding liver disease earlier needs GPs and practice nurses to proactively look for it. We will work in partnership to build a strong evidence base for early detection; create clear processes for identifying and treating patients at risk; and seek to ensure every region has a clear testing and treatment pathway – to save lives.

  • If my husband hadn't spotted the signs of liver damage, I wouldn't be here today. I was diagnosed with cirrhosis and given 6 months to live. Discovering the British Liver Trust has made me realise more awareness is needed. I wear my running vest with pride!

    — Debs

  • I lived with undiagnosed Hepatitis C for over 20 years, being extremly ill on and off all that time; when I was finally diagnosed I was given a treatment that could clear my Hep C. No-one should go undiagnosed and untreated.

    — Sara

  • It is a very very lonely place when you are told you need a liver transplant - the British Liver Trust group gives everyone hope, and focus for the journey ahead, whatever that is.

    — Christine