Across Southend lung health checks are currently being offered. This area has been selected as it has a higher incidence of lung cancers diagnosed at a late stage, making it a priority area for early testing.
If you think you are eligible but have not received an invite or have not replied to it, please contact our lung health check team if you are still interested.
(Please note we are near to finishing at this site so do contact us as soon as possible if you are interested).
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 or in person 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.
There are three possible results from your lung health check:
- No problems found - the health professional may find nothing further to investigate and you will be discharg ed from the lung health check programme. We will write to your GP to tell them this.
- Referral to your GP - if problems with your breathing or lung health are found, you might be referred to your GP. The team will write to your GP so they know about the outcome.
- Offered a scan of your lungs - If you are assessed to be at a higher risk of lung cancer now or in the future you will be offered a scan of your lungs (a Low Dose CT scan). test
Location and contact details
The lung health check will be performed over the phone. You will be asked questions to assess your risk. If you are deemed to be high risk you will be invited to a low dose CT scan in a community setting. These are usually in locations that are easily accessible such as supermarket car parks or sometimes in local leisure centres.
We look at local bus routes and car park facilities when we select our sites to make them accessible.
Team contact number: 0300 300 1557
If they are interested, all current smokers are offered referrals to smoking cessation service. Details of the smoking cessation service are available at: Stop Smoking Services in Southend-on-Sea – Southend-on-Sea City Council
We have a series of resources where you can find out more about the lung health checks, as well as more information on support services in Southend. Links to these are below:
Lung Health Check Leaflet
A leaflet with more information about the service in Southend
What you need to know about your lung health check translated leaflets
Lung Health Check Booklet Easy Read version
An easy read version of the leaflet with more information about the service
Lung Health Check Frequently Asked Questions
A selection of FAQs around the programme