You may have lots of questions about your lung health check. We’ve answered some of the most common ones
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.
Bradford Autumn/Winter 2022/2023
- Ashcroft Surgery
- Ashwell Medical Centre
- Bevan Healthcare CIC
- Bilton Medical Centre
- Bradford Moor Practice
- Clarendon Medical Centre
- Cowgill Medical Practice
- Eccleshill Village Surgery (Dr Hamdani)
- Fairfield Group Practice
- Farrow Medical Centre
- Frizinghall Medical Centre
- Haigh Hall Medical Centre
- Hillside Bridge (Dr Akbar)
- Hollyns Health and Wellbeing Centre
- Holycroft Surgery
- Horton Park
- Kensington Partnership
- Kensington Street Surgery
- Kilmeny Group Medical Practice
- Ling House Medical Centre
- Little Horton Lane Medical Centre (Dr Gilkar)
- Manor Medical Practice
- Moorside Surgery
- Moor Park Medical Practice
- Parklands Medical Practice
- Parkside Medical Practice
- Peel Park Surgery
- Picton Medical Centre
- (Shipley and) Westcliffe Medical Centre
- Sunnybank Medical Centre
- The Avicenna Medical Practice
- The Lister Surgery
- The Primrose Surgery
- The Rockwell And Wrose
- Thornbury Medical Practice
- Thornton and Denholme Surgery
- Tong Medical Practice
- Valley View Surgery
Lung health checks are quite new, so it’s understandable that you may have some questions.
Who can I contact for more information?
If you live in Kirklees please contact our Lung health team. Call 01924 939290 or email email@example.com
If you live in Bradford please speak to your GP receptionist who can offer further advice.
I live in Bradford but my GP Practice is not offering lung health screening. Why?
The lung screening programme is currently just being piloted in 38 practices in the area. These practices have been selected using data on smoking prevalence and other socio-economic factors in those areas.
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.
I had my invite a while ago but didn’t book a screening test. Can I still arrange one?
As long as the screening is still available in your area, it isn’t too late to arrange a screening. If you live in Kirklees please call the Lung health team on 01924 939290 to discuss, or if you live in Bradford please speak to your GP receptionist who can offer further advice.
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 1–1 individual and group sessions in local communities and at different times, including evening sessions. Click here for more information.
Residents of Bradford can find information about a range of local stop smoking support services on the Living Well website.
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.