Frequently Asked Questions

Why have I been contacted?

You have been sent a letter because this practice has identified from your patient records that you:

  • Are aged 55 to under-75
  • You live in Hull
  • Your records will have shown that you are a current or former smoker or no smoking status has been recorded at all on your record

You do not have to participate in the Lung Health Check, but the aim of the programme is to detect lung disease, including lung cancer, early so that people can be treated more effectively.  Lung disease in Hull is detected too often at late stage when outcomes are less favourable.

Your contact details and recorded smoking status have been shared confidentially under an NHS sharing agreement. No additional medical information has been shared by your GP practice. Your contact details have not been passed to an external company or organisation.

What is a Lung Health Check?

A Lung Health Check is an MOT of your lungs and will check that they are working as they should be. The programme will tackle poor, early diagnosis and survival rates for lung cancer by providing quick, easily accessible screenings for those deemed at higher risk of lung conditions.  We want as many people as possible to attend their Lung Health Check.

The Lung Health Checks will be carried out by nurses over the telephone.  Should you then need to have a low dose CT scan you will be invited to a mobile unit based at Castle Hill Hospital. The unit is situated at Entrance 2 next to the ENT building.

Hull residents who are aged between 55 to under-75 and who smoke, or have ever smoked, will be invited by their GP to book an appointment to attend a 30-minute telephone Lung Health Check. If risk factors are indicated, participants will be offered a low dose CT scan and an appointment will be within one or two weeks.

The current location of the Lung Health Check mobile unit can be found at www.lunghealthcheck.org.uk/find-us/

When will appointments be available?

From 13th April 2021, the lung health check risk assessment will be conducted over the telephone with the lung health check nurses. Not all participants will be required to attend in person. Those who do need to attend in person require a low dose CT Scan and will be booked in for their scan on a mobile unit. It is anticipated that the service will expand during 2021 to run six days per week between 08:00 – 20:00 to give people a wider choice of appointments.

Is the information available in other languages?

The patient booklet has been translated into Polish, Punjabi, Hindi and Romanian. These are available in electronic format on the website www.lunghealthcheck.org.uk. Information on the website can be translated into a number of languages at the touch of a button. You can request translation and interpretation services for their appointment through the telephone booking service.

Is there support available for deaf people?

Yes. The booking team would need to be made aware in advance for sign language specialists to be booked.

Is there support available for people with a learning disability?

Yes there is a leaflet available in easy read.  In addition we can make extra time available on the mobile unit and make allowances for carers to attend.

Does the vehicle have wheelchair access?

Yes there is wheelchair access on the vehicle for those who require it.

What happens after the Lung Health Check?

Should anything be identified either during the discussion with a nurse or during the CT scan, then dependent upon what this is, you will be contacted by telephone or letter with the next steps. If you have any worries about this you can speak to the nursing professionals in the booking team

When are the Lung Health Checks starting?

The Lung Health Checks are restarting in Hull from 13th April.

Do I have to get undressed if I need a CT Scan?

You may need to remove your coat but you can leave your clothing on.

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 and they must also wear a face covering. As space is limited any person accompanying you may be asked to wait outside until you are ready for collection.

Please let us know if you have any additional needs at the time of booking the CT scan and we will do our best to accommodate you.

I’m eligible for the non-emergency patient transport service - will I still be able to book this for my Lung Health Check appointment?

Yes. If you are eligible for the patient transport service, please book your transport to your Lung Health Check appointment in your usual way.

I am now 75, am I still eligible for a lung health check?

Yes.  We have backdated our programme to include all of those who would have been eligible if we had not had to pause the programme due to Covid-19.

I had an appointment through before the programme was paused. Will I get a new appointment through?

Yes, you will be prioritised to be among the first invited on re-start of the service.

How do I get to Castle Hill for my appointment (parking/public transport?)

From Hull Interchange there are 3 buses that will bring you to Castle Hill Hospital.  The 105, 63 and 154.  The mobile unit is situated at Entrance 2 next to the ENT building.  There is a pay and display car park for you to use.

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 for:

  • Unexplained persistent cough
  • Unexplained persistent breathlessness
  • Fatigue lasting four or more weeks
  • Persistent or recurrent chest infection
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Appetite loss

If you are unsure or do not want to attend because of concerns about coronavirus, then please contact the lung health check appointment team to discuss this. A leaflet, which was included in your invitation letter, explains the changes in place to ensure your safety and the safety of lung health check staff during Coronavirus.

Why is Hull getting this service - what about the other areas?

Hull has been selected as a pilot site for NHS England’s Targeted Lung Health Check (TLHC) Programme because the city has one of the highest lung cancer mortality rates in England and statistics have shown that lung disease in Hull is detected too often at a later stage when outcomes are less favourable.

It is intended that this programme will be available across the Humber, Coast and Vale area and UK as a whole in the future but we do not have any timeframe for its rollout at present.

In the meantime anyone who is worried about the symptoms below should see their GP 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

I live in the East Riding but I have a Hull GP – why haven’t I been invited for a Lung Health Check?

This is a targeted programme for people who are at the greatest risk of developing lung problems, including lung cancer at a future stage. As with most screening programmes for people who are asymptomatic (displaying no symptoms) the resources are targeted at the people most at risk. The people most at risk of developing lung problems, including lung cancer, are aged between 55 to under-75, who smoke or used to smoke, and who live within the city boundaries of Hull. Anyone who is worried about these symptoms should see their GP 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

I smoke and I’m just outside the age range – why can’t I have a Lung Health Check?

This is a targeted programme for people who are at the greatest risk of developing lung problems, including lung cancer at a future stage. As with most screening programmes for people who are asymptomatic (displaying no symptoms) the resources are targeted at the people most at risk. The people most at risk of developing lung problems, including lung cancer, are aged between 55 to under 75 who smoke or used to smoke who live within the city boundaries of Hull.

Anyone who is worried about these symptoms should see their GP 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

If you have any additional queries please email: HULLCCG.ContactUS@nhs.net