NHS Lung Health Checks
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 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 other issue is found early, treatment could be simpler and more successful.
If you are aged 55 to 74 and your GP has a record of you being a smoker or having ever smoked you will be invited by letter for your FREE NHS Lung Health Check. Think of it as an MOT for your lungs.
Lung health checks will take place over the telephone, but you may also be invited to see a nurse and for a lung scan. These will be in convenient community locations, so they are local and easy to access.
How does it work?
- If you qualify for a FREE NHS Lung Health Check, you will receive an invite letter through the post.
- This letter will have a date and time where one of our health advisors will call you for your lung health check which will take approximately 15 minutes. If this time is not suitable please call and our team using the below contact details, who will happily rearrange this to a more convenient time.
- During the telephone call you will be asked questions about your overall lung health, lifestyle, family and medical history.
- You may then be invited to have a lung CT scan. This checks for early signs of lung cancer and is called lung cancer screening.
- Scans take place on mobile vans in community locations so they are local and easy to access.
- Your results will be sent to you by letter and if a follow up is needed the team will contact you to talk to you about what the next steps are. In the majority of cases, no further action is needed.
- If your lungs are fine, you will be offered another health check in 2 years to see whether anything has changed.
Why is it important?
- Lung cancer causes more deaths than any other cancer in the UK and it is commonly diagnosed too late as there are often no symptoms at an early stage.
- Lung health checks will help save lives by identifying lung cancer at an earlier stage, when it is much more treatable and there is a higher chance of survival.
- If you are a current or former smoker you are at higher risk of lung conditions and by screening these issues, they can be treatable.
- Attending a lung health check can help find issues early before symptoms occur. A 30 minute appointment could save your life.
Contact details - Swindon
|Phone: 01793 378641|
Contact details - Bath
|Phone: 01172 338127|
When will I be invited for my NHS Lung Health Check?
The lung health check is a multi-year programme which will be gradually introduced in stages across our community. You will receive an invitation letter when your GP practice is invited.
When will appointments be available?
Your appointment for your lung health check telephone assessment will be in your invitation letter. If you require a lung CT scan this will be booked during the call. Scans will be available 7 days per week, Monday to Sunday and between 8.00am-8.00pm to give a range of appointments.
Is the information available in other languages?
Yes, please contact us using the above details and we can arrange for this to be sent to you. Translation and interpretation services can also be arranged for scan appointments, including British Sign Language.
Is there support available for deaf people?
Yes, please let the bookings team know in advance using the above contact details. They can arrange for you to have a nurse appointment instead of a telephone call and a British Sign Language interpreter is available.
Is there support available for people with a learning disability?
Yes. Please contact the bookings team in advance using the above contact details and they can send the Easyread version of the information leaflet and letter. We will happily make extra time available with the nurse and on the mobile unit to ensure people are not rushed and understand the process. We are willing to make any reasonable adjustments and allowances for example, carers attending, quiet times.
Does the mobile unit have wheelchair access?
Yes. The locations that the Nurse appointments take place in are all DDA complaint and wheelchair accessible. There is also wheelchair access on the mobile unit for those who require it.
Can I bring someone along with me to the appointment?
Please come for your appointment on your own and, if you can, as near to your appointment time as possible. If you need someone with you, please limit it to one person. As space is limited, any person accompanying you may be asked to wait outside until you are ready for collection.
What happens after my NHS Lung Health Check?
You should receive the results of your lung health check within 4 weeks of your visit. Usually the team will write to you and your GP with the result.
How can I tell the difference between symptoms of lung cancer and Covid-19?
We understand that some symptoms of lung cancer are like those of coronavirus. It is important to look out for anything that is unusual for you. If you notice any of the following, without coronavirus symptoms, please contact your GP as soon as possible:
- Unexplained persistent cough for three weeks or more
- Unexplained persistent breathlessness
- Fatigue lasting four or more weeks
- Persistent or recurrent chest infection
- Unexplained weight loss
- Appetite loss
Are there any other places I can read information about lung health checks?
Please take a look at the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation pages on lung health checks.