Tesco Extra car park lung health checks launched in drive to save lives

Past and current smokers in Coventry and Rugby are being invited to a NHS lung health check in a drive to improve earlier diagnosis of lung cancer and save more lives.

With one of the highest mortality rates for lung cancer in England, Coventry and Rugby is one of 23 areas across the country to run the Targeted Lung Health Check programme.

The initiative, run by University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust and InHealth Group, means more than 13,500 past and current smokers aged 55 to 74 in Coventry and Rugby will be invited to a lung health check by their GP. This will identify an estimated 300 cases of lung cancer earlier than otherwise would have been.

The lung health check takes place in two stages. The first is an initial phone assessment with a specially trained health care professional. If the assessment finds the person to be at high risk, they are offered a low dose CT scan of the lungs for further investigation.

The scanner is housed in a mobile unit and is being taken to accessible areas in Coventry and Rugby. It is currently at the Tesco Extra car park, in Walsgrave Triangle.

Lung cancer can often be caught too late as there are rarely symptoms at the earlier stages. The programme is designed to check those most at risk of developing lung cancer in order to spot signs earlier, at the stage when it’s much more treatable and ultimately saving more lives.

The Targeted Lung Health Check programme estimates it will diagnose around 6,000 cancers earlier than would otherwise have been within the 23 places it is currently established. This offers the opportunity for more and earlier interventions, including curative surgery, which will save people’s lives. Stop smoking advice will also be offered to support current smokers.

Dr Dhananjay Desai, Consultant Respiratory Physician at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS Trust, said: “With this project in Coventry and Rugby we are hoping that early detection of lung cancer and other serious lung problems will lead to better outcomes for our patients.

“To get this three-year project going has taken extraordinary effort and collaboration with various organisations, all during the pandemic. It is anticipated that this project will eventually be rolled out nationally and we are happy that Coventry and Rugby has been picked among the first areas to benefit from this lung screening programme.

“We want to really thank Tesco for letting us use their car park for this extremely important initiative.”

For more information on the Targeted Lung Health Check programme please visit www.happyhealthylives.uk/lunghealthcheck


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