Lung Health Checks in Blackburn with Darwen
Your lungs work hard for you every minute of your life. As you get older it’s worth getting them checked out.
Lung cancer is frequently diagnosed at a later stage than other cancers because often there are no signs or symptoms at an early stage. The Targeted Lung Health Check Programme is a new pilot scheme designed to identify signs of cancer at an early stage when it is much more treatable – ultimately saving move lives.
The programme is being offered to people between the ages of 55 and 74 who are current or former smokers and at greater risk of lung cancer. Those eligible will be sent a letter to invite them for a Lung Health Check.
The Lung Heath Check finds out how well a participant’s lungs are working and hopes to identify problems early. Most of the time no issue is found, but if cancer or an issue with a participant’s breathing or lungs is found early, treatment could be simpler and more successful.
What happens during the check? There are two main stages to a Targeted Lung Health Check. The first is an initial assessment with a health professional and the second, if necessary, is a simple scan of the lungs.
How to book your Lung Health Check
When you receive your letter it will tell you the time and date when you will receive a phone call to schedule your lung health check appointment. If this is convenient there is no need for you to take any action, however, if you wish to rearrange the time or date you can call (01530 432341, Monday to Friday, from 9:00 to 6:00pm) to do this. The initial call takes about 10 minutes, during which you will be asked if you would like a lung health check and an appointment will be made for you at a time to suit you.
What to expect at a Lung Health Check
Your NHS Lung Health Check will take place over the telephone. They are led by specialist nurses and will last approximately 30 minutes.
You will be asked some questions about your breathing and overall health. You will have time to talk to the nurse and ask questions.
Frequently asked questions
What is the aim of the Targeted Lung Health Check programme?
The aim of the programme is to detect lung cancer and disease early so that people can be treated sooner and more effectively – ultimately saving more lives. Lung cancer often has no symptoms in the earlier stages which can result in it not being found until the later stages when outcomes are less favourable.
What is a Targeted Lung Health Check?
The Lung Health Check takes part in two stages. The first is an appointment with a specially trained nurse to assess your risk level. If you are found to be at high risk of having lung cancer you will be invited to have a low dose CT scan so we can capture an image of your lungs and identify if there are any issues which need further investigation or treatment.
Where will Lung Health Checks take place?
The first phase will be carried out via phone call. If you are invited to have a CT scan these will be carried out by radiographers on mobile units or at a local hospital. The mobile units will be parked in community venues or supermarket car parks which have good transport links for ease of access.
What happens after a Lung Health Check?
Should anything be identified either during the discussion with a nurse or from the CT scan, then you will be contacted by telephone or letter with the next steps. If you have any questions you can speak to the staff on site or contact 01530 432341 Monday to Friday, from 9am to 6pm.
Why is the Targeted Lung Health Check only being offered to smokers/past smokers in a certain age range?
The Targeted Lung Health Check is currently being offered to those most at risk of getting lung cancer. Data shows those between the age of 55 and 74 who currently or previously smoked are at a higher risk than others of getting lung cancer. If you display any symptoms or have any concerns about your lung health you should book an appointment to see your GP straight away.
When are the Targeted Lung Health Checks starting?
The Targeted Lung Health Checks have started in the area so please wait for the information to come through in the post.
I’m eligible for the non-emergency patient transport service - will I still be able to book this for my Lung Health Check appointment?
Yes. If you are eligible for this service, please book your transport to your lung health check appointment in your usual way.
Do I have to get undressed if I need a CT Scan?
You may need to remove your coat, but you can leave your clothing on.
Why isn’t it available in my area?
The Targeted Lung Health Check Programme is being rolled out across the England. The areas with higher lung cancer mortality rates are being prioritised first and new locations will be available from April 2022. If you are worried about any of the below symptoms, please see your GP as soon as possible:
Here are some things you can do to help your lungs stay healthy:
- The single best thing you can do to prevent lung cancer is to not smoke.
- If you do smoke and would like to stop, there is free, local and expert support available.
- You are three times more likely to quit smoking with help from a stop smoking service.
Get coughs checked
- Symptoms of lung cancer can be hard to spot and can develop as a condition progresses.
- If you develop a persistent cough or breathlessness that doesn’t go away after three weeks, or if you are coughing up blood or you have any new worrying symptoms, particularly significant weight loss, make an appointment to see your GP.
Video – Lung cancer signs and symptoms
Dr Neil Smith on Lung Cancer signs and symptoms: