Streamlining hepatitis C treatment in a short-stay prison

HM Prison Swansea is a remand prison with a high rate of occupancy of people who inject drugs (PWID) with a known prevalence of HCV infection. With an average length of stay of just 12 weeks, it was difficult to diagnose, order therapy, and commence and complete treatment in this patient group. We needed to streamline the process so that HCV treatment could be completed during the period of custody.