The mobile units, provided by Cobalt Health Medical Charity in partnership with Siemens Healthineers, enable COVID safe CT Scanning to patients at risk of lung cancers.
Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been twinned with Luton CCG as part of 14 Cancer Alliance areas across the UK to roll out a Targeted Lung Health Check programme.
Thurrock has one of the highest rates of death from lung cancer in the UK and some of the highest rates of smoking with over 10% of the local population labelled as smokers. The programme is one of the first to be rolled out as part the NHS Long Term Plan.
Existing and former smokers aged between 55 and under 75 across Thurrock will be invited in a phased way, to have a free lung health check with a lung specialist at a convenient location close to where they live. If required, they can have a low dose CT scan on the spot.
Only those meeting the criteria will be invited to take part in the programme. Stop Smoking services are always available and ready to support you in leading a healthier lifestyle and giving up smoking.
The first invites went out in November 2020 and we expect the programme will last for four years.
To find out more visit: www.lutonandthurrocklunghealthcheck.nhs.uk