New guidance to improve the management of hepatitis C in primary care has been launched by the Royal College of GPs.

The document aims to increase awareness of hepatitis C prevention, along with improved testing, diagnosis and treatment for patients who are already infected.

Dr Chris Ford, author of the guidance, said: 'Early symptoms of hepatitis C infection are unusual, so many people may not realise they have the virus - every GP is likely to have between eight and 18 infected individuals on their patient list, so it is essential that we strengthen our knowledge about this disease.'

Click here to read the guidance