Frequently asked questions

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.

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.

The first phase will be carried out via phone call. If you are invited to have a lung health CT scan these will be carried out by the team on the mobile units. The mobile units will be parked in the local community which have good transport links for ease of access. The current location of the lung health check van can be found on our website.

Once you receive your invitation there will be a number of appointments available for you to book from the Autumn of 2022.

Yes, there is wheelchair access on the mobile unit for those who require it. There will also be hearing loops and translation services available onboard. 

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 us.

The 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.

The lung health checks will start from Autumn 2022.

Yes. If you are eligible for this service, please book your transport to your lung health check appointment in your usual way. Everyone who is invited for a low dose CT scan on a community van will receive a pre-loaded oyster card to reimburse their public transport travel costs, up to £5.00.

You will need to remove your coat, and any other items containing metal (such as necklaces, earrings, piercings, bras). 

If you require someone to attend the scan with you, please inform us when booking your appointment.

The Targeted Lung Health Check programme is a national NHS pilot that is being rolled out across England. In south east London the programme is being trialled in Southwark and Greenwich to begin with. The areas with higher smoking and lung cancer mortality rates are being prioritised first and new locations will be available from Autumn 2022. 

If you are worried about any of the symptoms below, please contact your GP practice as soon as possible:

  • A persistent cough or change in your normal cough
  • Coughing up blood
  • Being short of breath
  • Unexplained tiredness or weight loss
  • An ache or pain when breathing or coughing
  • Appetite loss

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