In light of the current situation and Government advice around coronavirus (COVID-19), a difficult decision has been made to postpone the roll out of Lung Health Checks in Blackpool and Blackburn.

Further information to be published soon.

The latest Government advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found here:

About lung health checks in Lancashire and South Cumbria

People who live in Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen aged from 55 to 74, who smoke or used to smoke and have a GP will be offered a new free NHS lung health check.

Run by specially-trained nurses, lung health checks aim to find out how well your lungs are working.

If you are eligible for a lung health check, you will receive a letter from your GP, inviting you to make an appointment, at a time convenient for you.

How to book your Lung Health Check

If you have received an invitation for a lung health check, please call the number of your letter to make an appointment.

Benefits of the Lung Health Check

  • It is free
  • Talk through your questions
  • No judgements on smoking, advice and assistance on how to quit available

What to expect at a lung health check

You will meet a nurse at your appointment and the lung health check will take approximately 30 minutes.

The nurse will ask you some questions about your general health and you will have your height and weight measured. You will be asked to blow into a tube called a spirometer. This machine measures how much air you breathe in and out.

As part of your Lung Health Check you may be offered an ultra-low dose CT scan. This is to check for early signs of lung cancer as well as other lung diseases. The CT scan only takes a few seconds to be done and is carried out during your appointment. You can stay fully clothed throughout the CT scan.

You will have plenty of time to talk to the nurse and ask any questions to help you decide if you would like a scan.

What happens next?

If you have a CT scan as part of your check, a member of the lung health check team will give you information about what happens next.