Are you ready for your lung health check?

A lung health check is designed to help find any issues early (often before you notice anything wrong). Make sure you attend your appointment when you’re invited.

About lung health checks

About lung health checks

A lung health check is an appointment either face to face or over the phone to determine if your lungs should be scanned by a CT scanner. Not everyone will need a lung scan. This will depend on your results from the initial assessment. Throughout the process you will have plenty of time to chat to the health professionals and ask any questions.

We know that lung cancer is the most common cancer in West Yorkshire. Lung cancer incidence is directly related to smoking and tobacco use is the most important preventable cause of lung cancer in England.

Across North Kirklees we are rolling out lung health checks and a mobile CT screening programme to detect lung cancer and any other lung problems as early as possible.

There are often no signs or symptoms of lung cancer at an early stage. As a result, sadly around 7 in 10 cancer patients are currently being diagnosed too late to be cured.

Lung Health Checks help find problems early (often before you notice anything is wrong) and at a stage when treatment could be simpler and more successful – ultimately saving more lives.  Most lung cancers grow slowly enough for them to be found at an early stage by a lung scan.

Who is eligible?

  • 55 – 74 years old
  • A smoker or ex-smoker
  • Registered to a GP in North Kirklees

If you are at higher risk of developing lung cancer i.e. people who smoke and ex-smokers, we will be offering you the opportunity to have a free lung health check appointment to see if you need any further checks.

Our stories

Angela, wearing a fluffy grey cardigan and scarf, stands smiling in front of Elizabethan manor house, Oakwell Hall.

“Going for a lung health check is vital.”

Angela, 55, Birstall

Angela quit smoking the day before she turned 50. She works as a part-time radio operator and after recovering from pneumonia she is keen to get checked and address any lung health issues as soon as they arise.

Watch Angela’s Story
Edward, wearing a blue shirt and grey waistcoat, sits smiling with arms crossed outside Dewsbury train station.

“I’d encourage anybody to get their lung health check.”

Edward, 69, Dewsbury

As a retired engineer from North Kirklees, Edward recently faced some lung-related health issues. It’s made him keen to enjoy family life and not let any further lung problems develop.

Watch Edward’s story
Nadeem, wearing a suit, tie and purple shirt stands smiling, framed by the large doorway of the Al-Hikmah centre in Batley.

“This is a great opportunity for people registered with GPs in North Kirklees.”

Nadeem, 55, IMWS Batley

Manager of the Al-Hikmah centre, Nadeem is a smoker who recognises the importance of identifying any lung issues as early as possible. 

Watch Nadeem’s Story

 Key facts

70%

of lung cancer is caused by smoking. Smoking rates in West Yorkshire are above the national average.

10%

Giving up smoking will improve lung function by 10% in 3-9 months

57%

survive their cancer for 5 years or more when diagnosed at its earliest stage.   cancerresearchuk.org

The process

  • Step one
    You will have a phone call or meeting with a health professional to discuss your breathing, overall lung health, lifestyle and family and medical history.
  • Step two
    You may be offered a lung scan to check if your lungs are in working order. If problems with your breathing or lungs are found but you do not require a scan, the health professional may refer you on to your GP or another specialist. The health professional may find nothing further to look into, which means that no further action is needed.
  • Step three
    You will be invited to have a quick scan of your lungs. Our mobile CT scanner will visit your local area, so you won’t need to travel far or go to hospital.

The outcomes

You will get your results from us within four weeks.

There are four possible results:

  • No problems found
    This means that no signs of lung cancer or other problems were seen on the scan. We will write to you with the results and ask you to come back for another scan in two years. However, it is still possible that lung cancer could develop between scans or that the scan may have missed it. If you notice anything that is not normal for you before your next scan, tell your doctor.
  • Second scan needed
    This usually means there is something on the scan which is difficult to identify. It is probably something harmless, but because it could be more serious, we will ask you to come for another scan in around three months, just to check.
  • Further tests needed
    This means we’ve seen something on the scan and you need further tests, which could include a biopsy. We will call you and write to the hospital so you can be seen by a doctor to investigate further.
  • Another problem found
    This means there is no sign of lung cancer but there are signs of other problems on the scan that may need treatment or medical advice. We will write to you and your GP and ensure you’re referred on to the correct specialist.

When is it coming to my area?

We are rolling out lung health checks and a mobile CT screening programme to detect lung cancer and any other lung abnormalities as early as possible.

Batley and Birstall Autumn/Winter 2021/22

  • Cherry Tree Surgery
  • Kirkgate Surgery
  • Broughton House Surgery
  • Batley Health Centre
  • Grove House Surgery
  • Wellington House Surgery
  • Blackburn Road Medical Centre
  • Mount Pleasant Medical Centre

Spen Spring/Summer 2022

  • Cleckheaton Group Practice
  • Cook Lane
  • Liversedge Medical Centre
  • Parkview Surgery
  • The Greenway Medical Practice
  • Brookroyd House Surgery
  • Undercliffe Surgery

Dewsbury and Thornhill Summer/Autumn 2022

  • Savile Town Medical Centre
  • Thornhill Lees Surgery
  • The Paddock Surgery
  • The Albion Mount Medical Practice
  • The Sidings Healthcare Centre
  • Windsor Medical Centre
  • Healds Road Surgery

Three Centres Autumn/Winter 2022/2023

  • Dr Mahmood & Partners
  • Calder View Surgery
  • Eightlands Surgery
  • North Road Suite Surgery
  • Mirfield Health Centre

Common questions

Lung health checks are quite new, so it’s understandable that you may have some questions.

Questions

Who can I contact for more information?

Contact our Lung health Team. Call 01924 939290 or email kirkccg.curo.lhc@nhs.net

What is CT scan?

It is a special CT (Computed Tomography) scan that uses a very low dose of radiation and a computer to take a detailed picture of your lungs. You can watch our video that shows what your scan will be like here.

Is it uncomfortable?

The scan is painless and you will be able to eat, drink and drive as normal before and after your scan.

Are there any risks to having a CT scan?

CT scanners use a small amount of radiation to produce pictures of your lungs. By using the very latest CT scanners, we are able to reduce the amount of radiation needed. The chance of this scan saving your life by detecting an early cancer is far greater than the chance of the scan causing you any harm.

What will happen at the CT scan?

During the scan, you will usually lie flat on your back on a bed that moves slowly through the CT scanner. The scanner is shaped like a ring and it rotates around a small section of your body as you pass through it.

When a scan is taken, you will need to lie still and follow simple breathing instructions for 10 seconds. This makes sure the pictures are not blurred.

You can watch our video that shows what your scan will be like here.

When do I get the results?

You will get your results from us within four weeks.

What are the signs of lung cancer?

It is important to look out for anything that is unusual for you, especially:

  • 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 notice one or more of these symptoms, see your GP as soon as possible. Do not wait for another scan.

What can I do to reduce my risk of lung cancer?

Many people who have been smoking for years and who have tried to quit multiple times have successfully stopped smoking.  If you do smoke and would like to stop, there are friendly, free and local stop smoking services waiting for you to get in touch.

The nurse at your Targeted Lung Health Check can put you in touch with these services, you can ask GP or contact NHS Smokefree on 0300 123 1044 or visit www.nhs.uk/smokefree

I want to stop smoking, what local support is there?

Residents of Kirklees can self refer to our wellness service. It offers 11 individual and group sessions in local communities and at different times, including evening sessions. Click here for more information.

I’m thinking about stopping smoking and need inspiration.

For video links to lots of inspirational stories of people that have stopped smoking, or to get more information click here.

I’m scared I have cancer, what can I do?

The first thing to do is speak to your GP.  They will help you identify the next steps.

Help and support

There are several fantastic organisations that can support you to stop smoking and improve your lung health, or guide you through lung cancer diagnosis and treatment. They are caring, supportive and knowledgeable and there to help you, if you need it.

Wellness Service

The Wellness Service is holistic support that offers help with stopping smoking, mental health, physical activity, weight management, carers support and health checks.

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Cancer Research UK

The largest cancer charity on the UK, they produce high quality information for people affected by cancer. You can call their nurse freephone helpline on 0808 800 4040.

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British Lung Foundation

The British Lung Foundation aims to improve care – and to prevent, treat and cure lung diseases.  A good source of information and a helpline.

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Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation

A charity designed to support everyone affected by lung cancer. Support from diagnosis, through treatment, living with the disease and end of life care.

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Macmillan Cancer Support

Because cancer can affect your life in so many ways, Macmillan do whatever it takes to give people the support they need.

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NHS – Living with Lung Cancer

More information about lung cancer is available on the NHS website.

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Support the campaign

We would love for you to show your support for this campaign. The more we normalise lung health checks, the more people will attend this vital appointment and the more chance we have of catching any issues early and treating them. It means more people will live longer and healthier lives.

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