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New lung health tests now available in Bulwell

People with a smoking history are being offered free Lung MOT Health checks at GP practices in Bulwell.

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Patients aged between 60 and 75, who are registered at five GP practices in Bulwell, are being offered a Lung Health MOT which could help diagnose the early signs of lung disease.

Smoking increases the risk of lung disease and Bulwell has some of the highest smoking rates in Nottingham. Around 35% of the local population smoke compared to the national average of 19%.

The service, which is supported by Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, offers patients a lung health check that can spot problems early, often before they notice anything, when treatment could be simpler and more successful.

Eligible patients will receive an invitation to attend an appointment at their local surgery through the post. The new service also offers patients access to a mobile CT scanner in Bulwell so that they do not have to attend hospital for initial scans.

Arun Tangri, Cancer Clinical Lead for NHS Nottingham City CCG, said: “We know that early diagnosis of lung disease and cancer is the most effective tool in improving treatment options and survival. But too often people postpone going to their GP with signs and symptoms. By reaching out to smokers and ex-smokers close to home we hope to provide diagnosis and access to treatment much earlier.”

Graham Allen, MP for Nottingham North, attended the launch of the event on Friday 20 January along with representatives of the Rebalancing the Outer Estates Foundation, a charity that promotes health equality in Nottingham North.

Mr Allen said: “Rebalancing led the campaign for health MOT’s in Nottingham North, which has some of the worst health inequality in England. We started with a pilot in Bilborough and have been delighted to work with our superb local NHS and now to expand to five GP surgeries because of the generosity of the Roy Castle Foundation.

“Reaching out with preventative care is vital in an area like Nottingham North and I would encourage everyone to respond to our invite for their free check. Our ambition remains for everyone over 60 in Nottingham to have a full health MOT.”

Among its other work the Rebalancing the Outer Estates Foundation has also initiated two other health projects: a free dental check for primary school children in Nottingham North and the first UK prevalence study on drinking during pregnancy.

Paula Chadwick, Chief Executive of Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, said: “Having seen the impact NHS screening programmes have had for cervical, breast and bowel cancer, we are hopeful these Lung MOTs could be a pivotal first step in seeing a similar programme introduced for lung cancer.”

The Lung Health MOT clinics are being held at five surgeries including Leen View Surgery, Parkside Medical Practice, Riverlyn Medical Centre, Springfield medical centre, and St Albans Medical Centre.

 

 

Published 23 January 2017