SMOKERS and ex-smokers in Rugby are being invited for a lung health check as part of a drive to catch lung cancer early and save lives.
The town – which the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust (UHCW) says has one of the highest mortality rates for lung cancer in England – is one of 23 pilot areas across the country to run the Targeted Lung Health Check programme initiative.
Under the initiative, run by UHCW and InHealth Group, more than 13,500 past and current smokers aged 55 to 74 in Coventry and Rugby will be invited to a lung health check – with the aim of identifying an estimated 300 cases of lung cancer earlier than otherwise would have been.
People found to be at high risk will be offered a low dose CT scan of the lungs for further investigation. The scanner is housed in a mobile unit which is now at the Hospital of St Cross in Rugby.
Dr Dhananjay Desai, Consultant Respiratory Physician at UHCW, said: “We are hoping early detection of lung cancer and other serious lung problems will lead to better outcomes for our patients.
“To get this three-year project going has taken extraordinary effort and collaboration with various organisations, all during the pandemic. It is anticipated that this project will eventually be rolled out nationally and we are happy that Rugby is among the first areas to benefit.”
The Programme is currently being offered to patients registered at Brownsover Medical Centre, Westside Medical Centre and Whitehall Medical Centre. It is hoped the programme will be extended to all practices in Coventry and Rugby shortly.
Visit www.happyhealthylives.uk/lunghealthcheck for more information on the Targeted Lung Health Check programme.