Frequently Asked Questions

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 Targeted Lung Health Check Programme will tackle poor early diagnosis and survival rates for lung cancer by providing quick and 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.

Why have I been sent an appointment letter?

If you’ve received a lung health check invitation letter from your GP, you may be more at risk of problems with your lungs due to your age and smoking status. This means it’s important to attend your lung health check, as it could spot any problems with your lungs before you know they’re there. If problems such as lung cancer are spotted early, treatment could be simpler and more effective.

Who is eligible for a lung health check in Hull?

Hull residents, aged between 55 to 74 and 364 days, who smoke or have ever smoked, will receive a letter from their GP inviting them to book a telephone assessment with a specialised nurse. Some people in Hull will receive invitations before others.

When will appointments be available?

At the moment, appointments are available four days per week, from 8 am until 8 pm. This availability is expected to increase in November.

What happens during a lung health check telephone assessment?

The appointment will last approximately 30 minutes and the nurse will ask some questions about the participants breathing and overall lung health. They will also ask about their lifestyle, family and medical history. Those reaching a risk threshold will then be offered a low dose CT scan onboard a mobile unit. The current location of the mobile unit can be found at www.lunghealthcheck.org.uk

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 a lift on the unit for those who require it.

If I'm invited for a CT scan, how do I get there?

From Hull Interchange there are two buses that will bring you to Lidl on Hessle Road, where the unit is located: The 1 and 57. The unit can be found in the supermarket car park, where you are also able to park for free if invited for an appointment.

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 this service, please book your transport to your lung health check appointment in the usual way.

Can I bring someone to my 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.

What happens at the mobile unit?

Participants will receive an ultra-low-dose CT scan, taking a few seconds, which will look for problems with their lungs. The total time onboard the mobile unit will be around 30 minutes, and the radiation will be no more than a four-hour trans-Atlantic flight. Participants will be able to ask any questions either before, during or after the CT scan.

More information can be found in the participant leaflet, which is available at www.lunghealthcheck.org.uk.

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 and shoes on. If you’re someone who wears a bra, please wear one without underwire and please attend your appointment wearing a plain top (no zips, metal buttons or sequins).

What happens after a 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.

How is the NHS Targeted Lung Health Check Programme being paid for?

NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been chosen along with nine other CCGs across England to be part of Phase 1 of NHS England’s Targeted Lung Health Check Programme. The money for this is coming from NHS England.

Is the information available in other languages?

The patient booklet has been translated into Polish, Punjabi and Romanian. These are available in electronic format on the website www.lunghealthcheck.org.uk.

All information on the website can be translated into a number of languages at the touch of a button. People can request translation and interpretation services for their appointment through the telephone booking service.

There is also an easy read leaflet available here.

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 the UK as a whole in the future but we do not have a 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

Why are people in some parts of Hull receiving the invitations before others?

All eligible residents in Hull will have the opportunity to take part as the service moves around the city. If you are worried about a symptom of lung cancer, please do not wait until you are invited for a lung health check appointment and contact your GP.

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