Lung health checks for Blackpool residents at risk of chronic disease

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People in Blackpool who are aged between 55 and 74 and have ever smoked are to be offered a special lung health check in the coming weeks.

NHS England data shows Blackpool has a higher than average rate of lung diseases which is why it has been chosen as one of 10 pilot sites for the programme.

Those who are eligible will soon receive a letter inviting them for a lung health check virtual appointment.

The check is carried out over the telephone and, if a CT scan is required, this will be booked at a mobile CT scanning van which will initially be set up at Bank Street car park close to the town centre from mid-August.

Dr Ben Butler-Reid, a Blackpool GP and clinical director for NHS Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “We know Blackpool has a higher rate of lung diseases than the national average, due mainly to the prevalence of smoking in the area.

“This service has the potential to reach around 32,854 people in Blackpool over four years. That’s a huge number of people who could benefit from discovering any lung abnormalities early enough to be treated and to prevent long-term damage.

“I would urge anyone who receives a letter to fully engage with the service and take up appointments that are offered. It could seriously improve your quality of life.”

For more information, visit www.fyldecoastccgs.nhs.uk/local-services/nhs-targeted-lung-health-checks-in-blackpool or call 01530 432 341.