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Targeted Lung Health Checks Programme

Lung cancer is frequently diagnosed at a later stage than other cancers because often there are no signs or symptoms at an early stage. The Targeted Lung Health Check Programme is a new pilot scheme designed to identify signs of cancer at an early stage when it is much more treatable - ultimately saving move lives.

The programme is being offered to people between the ages of 55 and 74 who are current or former smokers and at greater risk of lung cancer. Those eligible will be sent a letter to invite them for a Lung Health Check.

The Lung Heath Check finds out how well a participant’s lungs are working and hopes to identify problems early. Most of the time no issue is found, but if cancer or an issue with a participant’s breathing or lungs is found early, treatment could be simpler and more successful. What happens during the check? There are two main stages to a Targeted Lung Health Check. The first is an initial assessment with a health professional and the second, if necessary, is a simple scan of the lungs. Initial assessment:

• If you are eligible, you will receive a letter inviting you for an initial Lung Health Check. This will take place over the phone

• At the Lung Health Check, you will be asked some questions about your breathing, overall lung health, lifestyle and family and medical history.

• Measurements of your height and weight will be taken.

There are three possible results from your lung health check:

No problems found – the nurse may find nothing further to investigate and you will be discharged from the lung health check programme. We will write to your GP to tell them this.

Referral to your GP – if problem with your breathing or lung health are found, you might be referred to your GP. We will write to your GP so they know about the appointment.

Offered a scan of your lungs - whether you are offered a lung scan will depend on your chance of getting lung cancer now or in the future. We work out your risk from your lifestyle, medical and family history. The nurse will help you to choose whether the test is right for you. We will write to your GP so they know about the appointment.

Lung scan:

• The lung cancer scan uses a low-dose CT scanner to take a detailed picture of your lungs, to check for the early signs of lung cancer.

• The appointment will last approximately 30 minutes and you’ll have a chance to ask the nurse any questions.

• If your scan results come back with signs of anything concerning, you’ll be contacted with further information and referred for further tests and treatment.

• The lung scan is on a mobile truck and can take place in a variety of locations including your local hospital, supermarket or local community carpark.  For more information on the Targeted Lung Health Check Programme please contact

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Type 1 opt-out Data Sharing

This link from NHS Digital explains why data is shared, it contains their transparency & privacy notices for doing so and also points to links where the patient can opt out if they want to: https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/data-collections-and-data-sets/data-collections/general-practice-data-for-planning-and-research/transparency-notice?fbclid=IwAR2h07o26rVYlJLrCCuoA65NSwYJhDVMzWyyLSa_nevV2VTdtzpSvCL6DmE#top

Data sharing with NHS Digital will start on 1st September 2021. (new revised date)

If you wish to register a Type 1 Opt-out with your GP practice before data sharing starts with NHS Digital, this should be done by returning this form to your GP practice by 1st September 2021 to allow time for processing it. If you have previously registered a Type 1 Opt-out and you would like to withdraw this, you can also use the form to do this. You can send the form by post to Darwen Healthlink, James Street West, Darwen, BB3 1PY or by email to the practice darwen.healthlink@nhs.net or call 0300 3035678 for a form to be sent out to you. Please DO NOT call the practice for a form.

Paper copies of this form will also be available at reception for those who do not have access to online services. There is a box for patients to put their completed forms into and then our administration staff will code the opt out accordingly.

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Breast feeding

There are a range of digital offerings to help guide new mums through their first weeks of breastfeeding and beyond, providing help at any time of the day or night and complementing the support and advice from health care professionals and breastfeeding specialists: 

 

 

  • Visit the Start4Life website for helpful information. You can also sign up to receive weekly emails and videos with advice about pregnancy, birth and parenthood.

NHS Friends and Family

There is no active Friends and Family survey, please visit your FPMS system to configure them.