People who live in Hull aged from 55 to less than 75, who smoke or used to smoke and have a Hull GP will be offered a free NHS lung health check. Run by specially-trained nurses, lung health checks aim to find out how effectively your lungs are working.
How to book your Lung Health Check
If eligible for a Lung Health Check, you will receive a letter from your GP inviting you to make an appointment. To make this appointment, please call the number on the letter you have received.
If you are unsure or do not want to attend because of concerns about coronavirus, please speak to the advisor about any concerns/questions you may have. Keeping you and staff safe whilst onboard the mobile unit is of paramount importance, which is why control measures, such as PPE and social distancing, have been put in place to reduce any risk from your attendance.
What is a Lung Health Check?
Lung health checks are completely free. Appointments are carried out over the telephone with a specialised nurse, lasting approximately 20 minutes. The nurse will ask you some questions about your breathing and overall lung health. They will also ask you about your lifestyle, family and medical history. You do not need to do a breathing test; the nurse can get all the information they need from the questions.
As part of your Lung Health Check, you may be offered an ultra-low dose CT scan. This is to check for early signs of lung cancer as well as other lung diseases. You will have plenty of time to talk to the nurse and ask any questions you may have.
If you are invited to have a low-dose CT scan, this will take place in a mobile unit at Castle Hill car park, near Entrance 2. The CT scan only takes a few seconds to be done.
Staff and patient safety during the coronavirus pandemic
Safety measures are in place on board the mobile unit to reduce the risk of COVID-19. Before the appointment or on arrival you may be asked:
- Do you have a new cough?
- Do you have a raised temperature (this may be checked on arrival at your appointment)?
- Have you had loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell?
If you are unsure or do not want to attend because of concerns about coronavirus, please contact your lung health check provider to discuss this.
We are thoroughly cleaning the equipment and changing areas between participants and we are making sure that our waiting rooms have space to allow for social distancing.
When you arrive at the appointment you will be met by staff who may be wearing personal protection equipment (PPE). Our staff will give you a face mask to wear, if you do not have one with you.
What happens next?
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.