Bath charity opens new drop-in centre with vital liver-scanning technology

By Nick Batten on 14 December, 2021

Bath-based charity Developing Health & Independence (DHI) has opened a new drop-in centre at St James’ Parade which includes vital liver-scanning technology purchased with funds raised by local business Datasharp Integrated Communications.

Just over a year ago, DHI announced a charity partnership with the Bath-based business communications company and through a mixture of awareness raising, staff fundraising and corporate contributions, Datasharp Integrated Communications managed to raise £15,000 towards the purchase of a liver-scanner for the new drop-in centre.

The liver-scanner quickly and non-intrusively identifies alcohol-related, Hepatitis C and other signs of liver damage. Once identified DHI works with the person to make lifestyle changes to reduce/prevent further damage. This vital equipment helps lower the barrier for the people that DHI works with and reduces the lengthy waiting times associated with referrals through the health system.

The liver scanner is located at the new DHI treatment centre at 14 St James` Parade in Bath which has just officially opened its doors to the public. Due to its size, the liver scanner is portable and can be used ‘offsite’ where it’s needed most.

Since being set up in 1999, Developing Health & Independence has helped many thousands of people in Bath & North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Bristol, Somerset and Wiltshire regain control of their lives.

Martin Buckland, Chief Executive Officer for Datasharp Integrated Communications, said, “On a recent trip to the new centre, we were overwhelmed by just how much work DHI does in our local area. Not only do they create a safe space for those affected by alcohol and substance misuse to make positive changes in their lives, but they also provide support for physical and mental wellbeing and housing. With their network of partners, DHI provide a truly comprehensive service to those in need. We’re so happy that we’ve been able to provide funds for the liver scanner and we’ll continue to support DHI in every way we can.”

Rosie Phillips, Chief Executive of DHI added, “Everyone at DHI is excited about the opening of our new drop-in centre and we are thrilled that our partnership with Datasharp Integrated Communications has enabled us to purchase the new liver scanner which will help us support more people affected by homelessness and substance misuse.”

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Pictured above: (left to right) Martin Buckland, CEO, Datasharp Integrated Communications and Rosie Phillips, CEO, Developing Health & Independence (DHI) with the fibroscanner