Liver disease 

Liver disease is increasingly common in the UK and cirrhosis due to alcohol is now the fifth largest cause of death. However, abnormal liver blood tests are often detected by GPs as part of a general health check does not necessarily indicate serious liver disease or excessive alcohol intake. Medications, being overweight, or other illnesses can often cause liver test abnormalities. Many diseases of the liver can cause scarring of the liver which, over many years, can cause cirrhosis and associated complications. Such diseases can be treated at an early stage and delay or prevent such a problem occurring, so referral to a specialist is recommended.


Alcohol and the liver


Alcohol and problem drinking




Non alcoholic fatty liver disease


Hepatitis B


Hepatitis C

Contact information


NHS practice

Gastroenterology department

Musgrove Park Hospital



01823 344980


Private Practice

Somerset Nuffield Hospital

Staplegrove Elm



Appointments: 01823 286991 

Secretary: 01823 250640 


Consultation times


Monday 6-7.30 pm

Friday 9-12 am



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