A drop in event aimed at raising awareness of the importance of lung health checks is being held in Blackburn Mall on Thursday, February 10th.
The Lancashire and South Cumbria Targeted Lung Health Checks programme was launched in Blackburn with Darwen last summer to offer people an opportunity to get a free check on their lungs.
People living in the borough, who are between 55 and 74 and have ever smoked, are being offered an NHS Lung Health Check. This is an ‘MOT for your lungs’ to see if they are in good working order.
More than 1,000 people from Blackburn with Darwen have already come forward after receiving an invite letter from their GP practice.
The NHS Lung Health Check will take place over the telephone. The checks are led by specialist nurses and will last approximately 30 minutes. As part of the check, some people may be offered a low dose CT scan at a later date, if any risks have been identified.
An NHS Lung Health Check can help to spot any problems early – if a problem with breathing or lungs is found early, treatment could be simpler and more successful.
To raise awareness of the importance of the free lung health checks, a lung specialist nurse will be on hand to chat to people in Blackburn Mall on Thursday, February 10, between 10am and 4pm.
Lung Health checks are also being rolled out in Blackpool, with the rest of Lancashire due to follow in the future. Awareness events are also being planned in Blackpool and Darwen.
Dr Neil Smith, Blackburn GP, and Cancer Lead for Lancashire and South Cumbria, encourages these simple ‘MOTs’ and said: “We are inviting more eligible people to come forward for their lung MOT every day with the programme continuing until July 2022. Early diagnosis saves lives, so if you are contacted by a member of the team offering you a Lung Health Check, please take it.”
Paula Chadwick, Chief Executive of Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation is in support of these events, added: “We encourage anyone who has received an invitation for a lung health check or just wants to improve their lung health, to pop down to the event at Blackburn Mall on 10th February. We appreciate some people can feel a little nervous about attending an appointment so if you have any questions or concerns, the team are here to answer them.
“It is so important we do everything we can to look after our lungs and these simple check-ups are a brilliant way to make sure everything is ok. And if there is anything wrong, we are catching it at the earliest opportunity.”
Michael Rawsterne, aged 69, from Blackburn, has had a lung health check recently. He said: “The whole process was easy and straightforward and was an excellent way of obtaining what could be life-saving information. I would recommend anyone who is offered the Lung Health Check to take it.”
For further information about the Targeted Lung Health Checks, please visit https://www.blackburnwithdarwenccg.nhs.uk/health/healthy-lungs/