SCORES of people queued up to get a free liver test in Portsmouth yesterday.
Staff from Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, were on hand with a Fibroscan machine, to perform the test as part of Love Your Liver month.
The event was held in the Morrisons car park in Victory Retail Park.
Terry Crockford, pictured, of Green Farm Gardens, Hilsea, went along and had his liver tested.
The 72-year-old retired merchant seaman said: ‘I read about the test in the paper and thought I should come and get it looked at. It was a simple test, you didn’t have to wait too long and wasn’t painful at all.
‘It certainly encourages you to make sure you have a healthy lifestyle and that you’re not drinking too much.’
And Clive Dunstan, 57, travelled from London to Portsmouth for a scan.
He said: ‘I had some damage as I had been obese for 30 years, before I had mini gastric band put in four years ago.
‘I’d say if you have any risk factors, then you should get yourself checked out.’
As reported, QA is raising £70,000 in order to buy its own Fibroscan machine.
It works by flicking the liver to see how wobbly it is.
Andrew Fowell, consultant hepatologist at QA, said: ‘The day went well and it was good to see people come for the test.
‘In Portsmouth the main three causes of liver disease are alcohol, obesity and hepatitis.
‘Portsmouth is above the national average when it comes to alcohol-related admissions to hospital in the south-east of England.
‘So we know it’s a problem in Portsmouth. And it’s one we need to tackle.
‘Events like this are great as it allows us to meet people and talk about it, take a reading and see if they need to be referred.
The roadshow was organised by the British Liver Trust.
Its chief executive Andrew Langford said: ‘We’re here to raise awareness with the general public, and so they can see what condition their liver is in.
‘Sometimes we ignore some of those warning signs, or we do things we know aren’t good for us.
‘We had a phenomenal response in Portsmouth.’