Frequently Asked Questions

What is the aim of the Lung Health Check programme?

The aim of the Lung Health Check programme is to detect lung disease early so that people can be treated more effectively. Lung disease in Hull is detected too often at late stage presentation when outcomes are less favourable.

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.

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. 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 of Hull, and these people are being invited for lung health checks.

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

Where will Lung Health Checks be done?

Lung Health Checks will be carried out by nurses and radiographers on mobile units, these will be sited in community venues or supermarket car parks with good transport links for ease of access. The current location of the lung health check van can be found at here.

When will appointments be available?

The service will run 6 days per week between 08:00 – 20:00.

What happens after a Lung Health Check?

If you have a CT scan as part of your check, a member of the lung health check team will contact you within four weeks about the results. They will also give you information about what happens next.

When are the Targeted Lung Health Checks starting?

The Targeted Lung Health Checks are starting in January 2020.

Book your lung health check appointment 

If you have received an invitation for a lung health check, please call the number on your letter to make an appointment.