Mobile NHS lung checks to help spot early signs of cancer for Warsop patients
Warsop residents are benefitting from a free NHS lung scan as part of a pilot scheme to help diagnose lung cancer earlier in smokers aged between 55 and 74.
The mobile lung scanner will be situated in the Mansfield District Council car park on Church Street, Warsop until Tuesday, May 18, and will be providing CT scans for patients who have been identified as potentially at risk of developing lung cancer.
The initiative being led locally by the Mid-Nottinghamshire Integrated Care Partnership (ICP) and the Nottinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group is part of a pilot scheme targeting areas that have higher than average cases of lung cancer, and later than average diagnosis of the disease leading to poorer outcomes.
The initiative has initially focussed on patients at the Meden Medical Centre and Riverbank GP surgeries in Warsop, with any patients aged between 55 and 74 who have a record of ever having smoked being invited by letter for an initial screening conversation. Patients are then assessed and offered an invitation for the chest scan if they meet the identified risk factors.
The scans will look to diagnose signs of lung cancer much earlier, enabling earlier treatment and much better outcomes for patients with a greater chance of surviving. The programme also aims to detect other respiratory diseases at an earlier stage, such as COPD and increase smoking quit rates.
The intention is to roll this out to GP practices across Mansfield and Ashfield in the coming months.
Please look out for your letter which will explain the process in more detail.
For more information visit www.malunghealthcheck.nhs.uk.