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Monday 23 September 2019
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Lung health check

Dr Seamus Grundy helps to launch Lung Health Checks

Our Consultant Respiratory Physician Dr Seamus Grundy is helping to explain why Salford’s newly launched Lung Health Checks are so important.


Although the number of people smoking is reducing both in the UK and in Salford, in some parts of Salford 30% of people are smokers. This is having a big impact in reducing life expectancy in these areas, which is up to nine years lower for men and three years lower women than the England average.The lung health of Salford’s population continues to perform a lot worse than the rest of the country.


The newly launched Lung Health Check Service will spot lung disease earlier and get patients the right treatment to reduce the rates of premature death and disability from lung disease in Salford.  The checks aim to:

  • Spot early signs of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Spot the early signs of lung cancer
  • Reduce late lung cancer detection
  • Improve lung cancer survival rates
  • Increase the number of people who quit smoking

 


The Salford Lung Health Check Service is a pilot for smokers and ex-smokers across Salford aged 55 to 74 years who will be offered an “M.O.T” for their lungs.


Letters will be sent to everyone registered with a Salford GP identified as a current smoker or ex-smoker inviting them to attend an appointment with a Respiratory Specialist Nurse. At this appointment, patients will be asked some questions and take part in some simple, non-invasive tests. In addition, for anybody who wants to stop smoking, on-site specialist stop smoking advisors from Salford City Council’s Health Improvement Service (HIS) will speak to patients immediately after their appointment to provide advice and support them to quit.


The pilot begins in September 2019 in Walkden (covering eligible patients registered with GPs in the Walkden, Little Hulton, Boothstown and Worsley) before moving around the remaining neighbourhoods across Salford.


If you have recently received a letter inviting you to book an appointment, please call 0161 206 1136 to book your free Lung Health Check. If you have any questions, please email Lung.Healthcheck@srft.nhs.uk.


You can also watch this short film featuring Dr Grundy talking through why the checks are important and what they entail.