The Doncaster Lung Health Check Programme is underway

The Doncaster Lung Health Check Programme is underway across the borough in a bid to help detect lung cancer earlier, as well as identifying other lung conditions.

Working with NHS organisations in Doncaster, Alliance Medical and Ashfield Engage, part of UDG Healthcare Plc, are providing the new service, encouraging around 41,000 people in the town to take up the invitation.

Doncaster is one of 10 areas nationally that has been chosen to implement Lung Health Checks due to the number of people in the area that have ever smoked. The programme will run from March 2021 until March 2022, with a second phase taking place to allow for any further scans and follow up appointments.

The Lung Health Check programme could help improve lung cancer survival rates across the borough with a recent study showing that checks such as these can potentially pick up changes earlier and reduce lung cancer deaths by around 26% in men and 40% in women.

Covid-19 secure mobile scanning trucks will move around Doncaster on a three-monthly basis and be parked at designated places in the:

  • South – including towns and villages, such as Rossington and Mexborough from March 2021 to mid-July 2021
  • North – including areas such as Bentley and Carcroft from September 2021 to October 2021
  • East – covering towns and villages, such as Thorne and Hatfield from November 2021 to December 2021
  • Central – including areas such as Intake and Cantley from January 2021 to March 2022.

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