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North East Essex

In parts of North East Essex lung health checks are currently being offered.

This area has been selected as it has higher incidences and later diagnoses of lung cancer, making it a priority area for early testing.

Plans are currently being developed to expand the programme gradually to the rest of North East Essex.

What to expect

If you are eligible, you will receive a letter or text message inviting you for an initial Lung Health Check.

The initial assessment will take place over the phone with a health professional. During the initial Lung Health Check, you will be asked some questions about your breathing, overall lung health, lifestyle and family and medical history.

Based on your answers a risk assessment will be carried out and if your score means that you are at a higher risk of Lung cancer you will be invited to a face-to-face assessment with a Specialist Lung Health Check Nurse.

At this appointment additional checks will be carried out and you will then normally be offered a low dose CT scan

The scan will take place at the New Community Diagnostic Centre in Clacton.

Location and contact details

Community Diagnostic Centre

Clacton Hospital, Tower Road, Clacton-on-Sea, C015 1LH

Free patient parking at Clacton Hospital

By bus

There is a bus stop on Tower Road outside Clacton Hospital.  Services 4 and 4a operated by Hedingham Buses stop here.

Services 134 and X76 operated by Hedingham Buses stop at the Westcliffe Theatre bus stop on Tower Road.

By dial-a-ride

The dial-a-ride service is for any patient attending an appointment at Clacton Hospital.  The service is free for bus pass holders and there is a charge for all other passengers.  You must book in advance by calling 01255 436 962.

Details of stop smoking services

Many people who have been smoking for years and who have tried to quit multiple times have successfully stopped smoking with support.

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.

Essex Wellbeing Stop Smoking Service

Telephone: 0300 303 9988 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

GP practices involved

Selected GP practices are involved in Clacton and North East Essex, these include:  Old Road Medical Practice, East Lynne Medical Centre, North Clacton Medical Group, Ranworth Surgery, Clacton Community Practices, St James Surgery, Walton Medical Centre, Caradoc Surgery.

Meet the team


In order left to right….Angela Gates, Emma White, Billie-Jo Garner, Joanne Rose, Helen Western

Angela Gates

Job title: Target Lung Administrator

I have worked within the NHS healthcare system since April 2022.  My role is to support Joanne and Helen by ensuring all invited patients are booked for their targeted lung health check screening as well as answering any administrative queries.  I am excited to be part of the Lung Screening programme and look forward to engaging within the community

Joanne Rose

Job title: Targeted Lung Health Check HCA

I am the Target Lung Heath Care Assistant.  I have worked in healthcare since 2014 where I started my career at Colchester Hospital.  I have worked in various roles within the NHS where I have gained many skills .  I am excited to be working with GP Primary Choice as part of the new Targeted Lung Health Check Screening programme.

Helen Western

Job title: Target Lung Health Check Nurse

I am an Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Independent Prescriber and have been a nurse for 15 years. I am really enjoying working with the team at GP Primary choice and think our work is extremely important for our patients and our community as a whole.

Billie-Jo Garner

Job title: Targeted Lung Health Check Screening Lead Nurse

I have been a nurse since 2018, both at Colchester and Ipswich Hospitals. With experience in Oncology, Haematology , Critical care, Chemotherapy.  Throughout my career I have held a strong interest in Diagnosis and early prevention in lung cancer, this job has enabled me to combine both my clinical skills and passion for development and help bring best practice in Lung screening to the community.

Emma White

Job title: TLHC Secretary

I have worked as an administrator within healthcare for 15 years, including working for bowel screening.  My role is to support the lead assessor, Billie-Jo with administrative tasks and I am excited to be part of a brand new service.