• Genetic haemochromatosis: diagnosing and treating hereditary iron overload.

      Mortimore, Gerri; University of Derby (Mark Allen Group, 2017-12)
      Genetic haemochromatosis (GH) is the most common inherited genetic disorder in caucasians, affecting approximately 1 in every 200–250 people. It leads to an increased absorption and deposition of iron, and if it is untreated it can cause systemic iron overload in some patients. This iron overload can cause inflammation and tissue damage to multiple organs, with the potential to lead to heart disease, diabetes and cirrhosis of the liver. Despite being a common condition, it is thought to be under diagnosed. However, it is known that some patients with a diagnosis of GH will present with cirrhosis at a young age, while others are virtually asymptomatic. Symptoms can be generalised, and diagnosis is made on blood tests. Treatment for GH requires the removal of blood, known as venesection. Approximately 400–500mls are removed at a time, and this procedure can be undertaken weekly until ferritin levels are brought down to 50 µg/l or below.
    • Haemochromatosis: what is it and could you have it?

      Mortimore, Gerri; University of Derby (University of Derby, 2018-07-26)
      Genetic haemochromatosis is the most common inherited genetic disorder among Northern Europeans, thought to affect 1:200 people in the UK. despite this, most people have never heard of the condition. Gerri Mortimore, lecturer in Post-registration \health Care at the \University of Derby, looks at the health implications of this disorder.
    • Venesection best practice guidance

      Mortimore, Gerri; Francis, Yvonne; McClements, Neil; University of Derby (Haemochromatosis UK, 2020-01-28)
      This Royal College of Nursing endorsed guidance has been developed to support the care of adult patients undergoing therapeutic venesection, for conditions including genetic haemochromatosis. This guidance represents the culmination of 3 years' collaboration and consultation with practising nurses and healthcare professionals under the auspices of UK registered charity Haemochromatosis UK.
    • Venesection best practice: A guide for nurses and healthcare practitioners

      Mortimore, Gerri; University of Derby (Haemochromatosis UK, 2020-01)