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.
People living in Blackburn with Darwen, who are between 55 and 74 and have ever smoked will be offered an NHS Lung Health Check. This is an ‘MOT for your lungs’ to see if they are in good working order.
Healthy Lung Checks are now live and are taking place in Blackburn with Darwen from 27th September until 14th November and then will take place from 27th December to 13th February 2022. If you are eligible you will receive a letter from your GP practice inviting you to make a Lung Health Check appointment.
Your NHS Lung Health Check will take place over the telephone. The checks are led by specialist nurses and will last approximately 30 minutes. You will be asked some questions about your breathing and overall health.
If you want to reduce the amount you smoke, we can give you advice and can talk to you about the support that is available. You will have time to talk to the nurse and ask questions.
As part of the check, you 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 – often before you even notice that anything is wrong. If a problem with your breathing or lungs is found early, treatment could be simpler and more successful.
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 there will be a number to call to enable you 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.
Benefits of the Lung Health Check
- It is free
- Any concerns can be discussed about your lung health with a professional
- If you are a current smoker and would like to stop advice and assistance on how to quit are available.
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
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: https://youtu.be/Toc1T8PQ7Aw