Lung health checks will take place over the telephone, but you may also be invited to see a Nurse and for a lung scan. These will be in convenient community locations, so they are local and easy to access. This Is not a self-referral programme and you will be invited for your lung health check by letter.
Most people will find their lungs are working fine. Some people may benefit from further tests or treatment either from their GP or hospital doctors. When it comes to lung health, spotting problems early can make a huge difference.
How does it work?
- If you are aged 55-74 years and registered with a GP, you will receive an invite letter through the post in a yellow envelope from the NHS. This Is not a self-referral programme and you will be invited for your lung health check by letter.
- This letter will have a date and time where one of our health advisors will call you for your lung health check which will take approximately 15 minutes. If this time is not suitable, please call and our team who will happily rearrange this to a more convenient time:
- Brighton & Hove: 01273 099679
- Crawley: 01293 363732
- During the telephone call you will be asked questions about your overall lung health, lifestyle, family, and medical history.
- You may then be invited to have a lung CT scan. This checks for early signs of lung cancer.
- Scans take place on mobile vans in community locations, so they are local and easy to access.
- Your results will be sent to you by letter and if a follow up is needed the team will contact you to talk to you about what the next steps are. In the majority of cases, no further action is needed.
- If your lungs are fine, you will be offered another health check in 2 years to see whether anything has changed.
Why is it important
- Lung cancer causes more deaths than any other cancer in the UK and it is commonly diagnosed too late as there are often no symptoms at an early stage.
- Lung health checks will help save lives by identifying lung cancer at an earlier stage, when it is much more treatable and there is a higher chance of survival.
- If you are a current or former smoker you are at higher risk of lung conditions and by screening these issues, they can be treatable.
- Attending a lung health check can help find issues early before symptoms occur. A 30 minute appointment could save your life.
- Brighton and Hove and Crawley have been selected in Sussex as they have the highest in the region lung cancer deaths as well as the highest smoking rates.
When we will contact you?
If you are registered with the following GP Practices in Crawley, you will be contacted from June 2022
- Bridge Medical Centre
- Langley Corner Surgery
- Leacroft Medical Practice
- Southgate Medical Group
Brighton & Hove
If you are registered with the following GP Practices in Brighton, you will be contacted from June 2022
- Wish Park Surgery
- Links Road Surgery
- Benfield Valley Healthcare Hub
- Mile Oak
- Portslade Health Centre
- WELLBN SURGERY
- CHARTER MEDICAL PRACTICE
- HOVE MEDICAL CENTRE
- PRESTON PARK SURGERY
- WARMDENE SURGERY
- STANFORD MEDICAL CENTRE
- BEACONSFIELD MEDICAL PRACTICE
- THE HAVEN PRACTICE
- ST. PETER'S HEALTH CENTRE
- PARK CRESCENT HEALTH CENTRE
- WELLSBOURNE HEALTHCARE CIC
- ARDINGLY COURT SURGERY
- PAVILION SURGERY
- WOODINGDEAN MEDICAL CENTRE
- REGENCY SURGERY
- BROADWAY SURGERY
- ARCH HEALTHCARE
This Is not a self-referral programme and you will be invited for your lung health check by letter throughout the year.
If you are a current smoker, you will be offered the opportunity to be referred for smoking cessation advice.
Brighton & Hove
To refer yourself, or someone else to stop smoking support: Fill in the online form, for yourself or on behalf of someone else, or just give us a call on 01273 294589. We aim to have the first session within two weeks of you getting in touch. As well as our service, there’s more online support than ever, such as apps, Facebook groups and general info: NHS advice on quitting: www.nhs.uk/better-health/quit-smoking Want to talk to someone? Call the free National Smokefree Helpline on 0300 123 1044 (England only) to talk to a trained adviser for advice and support. Call 01273 294589 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Click on the link below and enter your postcode to find the locations near you.
Or complete the online referral form by selecting your local Wellbeing hub www.westsussexwellbeing.org.uk/contact-us to refer yourself or on behalf of someone else.
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Patient Information Booklets
Yes, please contact us and we can arrange for this to be sent to you. Translation and interpretation services can also be arranged for scan appointments, including British Sign Language.
Yes, please let the bookings team know in advance, they can arrange for you to have a Nurse appointment instead of a telephone call and a British Sign Language interpreter is available.Brighton & Hove and Hastings: 01273 099679; email@example.com
Crawley: 01293 363732; firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes. Please contact the bookings team in advance and they can send the Easyread version of the information leaflet and letter. We will happily make extra time available with the Nurse and on the mobile unit to ensure people are not rushed and understand the process. We are willing to make any reasonable adjustments and allowances for example, carers attending, quiet times.
We understand that some symptoms of lung cancer are like those of coronavirus. It is important to look out for anything that is unusual for you. If you notice any of the following, without coronavirus symptoms, please contact your GP as soon as possible:
- Unexplained persistent cough for three weeks or more
- Unexplained persistent breathlessness
- Fatigue lasting four or more weeks
- Persistent or recurrent chest infection
- Unexplained weight loss
- Appetite loss