I am happy to announce that a Lung health check programme will launch at the end of this month in Doncaster. This programme offers a new, innovative way to help earlier detection of lung disease including cancer.
Doncaster was chosen by NHS England as one of 10 pilot sites in the Long Term Plan, the project will start in the South of Doncaster initially and by March 2022 the Lung Health check programme will be rolled out across the entire Doncaster community.
Patients aged 55-74 who smoke or used to smoke and have a Doncaster GP will receive an invitation letter through the post. Accompanying this letter will be an information leaflet, providing an overview of the Doncaster’s Lung Health Check, outlining what it is and why it is important.
The service is run by specially trained nurses and the aim is to find out how well your lungs are working. The initial appointment will be a telephone assessment, you may then be offered an appointment for a (low dose CT) lung scan.
A lung health check can give you reassurance that your lungs are healthy and can help identify problems early. If lung conditions, or other problems with your breathing or lungs are found, treatment could be simpler and more successful.
If you receive an invitation letter, it is your decision whether you attend or not, as a local GP I know Doncaster has more than its fair share of lung problems and would encourage you to take up the offer. Early detection (including cancer) allows earlier better treatment and support for people. It also helps to improve your long term health.
Please bear in mind that the NHS Lung health checks is different to the NHS health checks that you may have had previously. Therefore if you have recently been for a general NHS health check with your GP you can still attend a lung health check appointment.
The best thing you can do to prevent Lung cancer is not to smoke. If you do smoke and would like to stop, there is expert support available. The Lung health check nurse or your GP will be able to put you in touch with these services. Additionally, I have provided some links below which will offer support for those considering quitting smoking.
Help with stopping smoking:
- Yorkshire Smoke Free service
- Yorkshire Smoke Free clinics in Doncaster
- NHS Smokefree
- Cancer research UK – Support
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