Patients who were treated at the former All Saints Hospital in Chatham in 1979 are being asked to contact a helpline, if they are worried about having been in contact with a healthcare worker who was a Hepatitis C carrier.
The NHS employee worked at hospitals across the UK including the one in Chatham in November 1979. Health chiefs say there is an extremely small chance that a patient could acquire the Hep C virus through surgical contact with an infected worker.
A national confidential helpline on 0800 121 4400 has been set up for people who may be worried.
Video. Thousands of people in the region are thought to be suffering from Hepatitis C without even knowing it. The deadly virus attacks the liver, slowly shutting it down. Martin Dowse reports.