The Targeted Lung Health Check programme is for people aged between 55 and 74 who have ever smoked. The check is quick, simple, and a good way of spotting lung-related problems early on, possibly before you’ve even noticed anything.
In north west and south west London, this free NHS service is currently available for patients at participating practices in Hammersmith & Fulham, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth.
What is a lung health check?
A lung health check involves a simple and quick telephone consultation with a specialist health advisor, who will ask a series of questions specially designed to assess your risk of developing lung cancer. This should take around 15-20 minutes.
If you are found to be at an increased risk of developing lung cancer, you will be offered an appointment for a scan to produce a detailed image of your lungs.
Why should I have a lung health check?
Finding lung cancer early, when treatment can be simpler and more successful, can help save lives.
However, many people with early lung cancer don’t notice any symptoms. That’s why the NHS is offering people aged 55-74 who have ever smoked a free lung health check.
So if you are invited for a lung health check, even if you feel well, please book your appointment.
How do I book an appointment?
If you are aged 55-74, live in one of the participating areas, and have ever smoked, you should receive a letter inviting you to book an appointment for a lung health check.
You can book your appointment by telephone by calling 020 7351 8607. Please note that the online booking service is no longer available.
When you call, please let us know if:
- You have any questions or concerns
- You need an interpreter
- You have accessibility issues, such as difficulty hearing, that might affect your telephone appointment
- You have accessibility issues, such as with mobility or your vision, that might affect you attending for a scan
- You need any other special arrangements for your appointment
We can then put arrangements in place to make sure the appointment is suitable and comfortable for you.
If you feel you are eligible for a lung health check but have not received an invitation, please contact us on 020 7351 8607.