NHS Luton and Thurrock CCGs are based in the East of England Cancer Alliance. These areas have been selected to receive funding by NHS England to extend early lung health checks to its populations. This is one of the first projects to be launched under the NHS Long Term Plan. Both CCGs have poor outcomes for diagnosis and lung cancer survival, making them a priority area for early testing.
Patients aged between 55 and under 75 years old, who have ever smoked, will be invited by their GP to be screened for a lung health checks.
Patients assessed as being eligible will be offered an immediate low-dose CT scan to rule out any early cancers. The checks may also identify other potentially serious conditions, in which case patients will be referred back to their GP if necessary.
Lung health check video
Watch our video on lung health checks to find out how they work.
When will this happen?
Commissioners are working towards starting the project in early 2020. This programme is a four year programme.
More information will be coming soon about the lung health check programme and why you should take up the offer if you are invited. Read our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.