NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak the details of Lung Health Checks have changed. The mobile checks will no longer be launching in April. A full statement will be found in our news section when it is released. Thank you for your understanding. 

From early April 2020, mobile trucks will make their way to towns across Doncaster area in a bid to help detect lung cancer earlier as well as identifying other health conditions such as lung disease and high blood pressure.

Working with NHS organisations in Doncaster, Alliance Medical and Ashfield, part of UDG Healthcare plc, will provide the service, encouraging just over 41,000 people in Doncaster to take up a free Lung Health Check.

Doncaster is one of 10 areas nationally that has been chosen to implement Lung Health Checks due to the number of people in the area that have ever smoked.

The programme will run for 12 months until March 2021, with a second phase taking place to allow for any further scans and follow up appointments, a total of three years.

A recent national study shows that these checks can potentially pick up changes earlier and reduce lung cancer deaths by around 26% in men and 40% in women.

Mobile scanning trucks will move around Doncaster on a three month basis:

  • South – including towns and villages, such as Mexborough and Rossington. The truck will be parked in a designated location from April 2020 to mid-July 2020            
  • North – including towns and villages, such as Bentley and Carcroft, parked in a designated location from July 2020 to September 2020
  • East – covering towns and villages, such as Thorne and Hatfield, parked in a designated location from October 2020 to December 2020
  • Central – including towns and villages, such as Intake and Cantley, parked in a designated location from December 2020 to March 2021

Dr David Crichton, local GP and Clinical Chair, NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group said: “The Doncaster Lung Health Check programme is a new, innovative way to help the earlier detection of lung disease, including cancer.

“Early detection not only allows earlier treatment and support for people, but also helps to improve their long term health outcomes. As a local GP, I would encourage all eligible patients to take up the offer.”

Ashfield will liaise with local practices ahead of roll out in each locality to identify all patients that are eligible – aged 55 to 74 years, 364 days, who have ever smoked.

An invitation letter will be sent to eligible patients, along with details of how to book onto a free Lung Health Check.

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