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Lung health

Healthy Lungs – Healthy You

The best thing you can do to have healthy lungs is to stop smoking (if you are a current smoker). It’s never too late to stop smoking and the longer it is from when you stop the healthier your lungs become. If you need help to stop smoking, you may want to contact your local stop smoking services. You can speak to your doctor, ask at your GP Practice or find your local service at NHS Quit Smoking.

Our Lung Health Checks are aimed at checking people’s lung health, there is no pressure to stop smoking, but should anyone wish to take that step our nurses will be able to discuss this and direct you to where you can get more help.

Better Lung Health

Our top tips for better lung health are:

Stop or reduce your smoking – to help your lungs recover

Stay active – brisk walking and an active lifestyle can improve lung function.  

Avoid air pollution – from traffic pollution or passive smoking.

Signs and symptoms

If you are worried about any existing symptoms, please get in touch with your GP. 

  • Symptoms can include: 
  • a cough that does not go away after 3 weeks
  • an existing cough that changes or gets worse
  • chest infections that keep coming back
  • coughing up blood
  • being short of breath a lot
  • unexplained tiredness
  • an ache or pain when breathing or coughing
  • loss of appetite or unexplained weight loss 
  •  Do not wait for a lung health check if you have any of these symptoms, please get in touch with your GP practice.