Life-saving lung checks coming to Barking and Dagenham

Life-saving lung checks coming to Barking and Dagenham

Jon Cruddas MP was recently contacted by Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust in regards to life-saving lung checks coming to Barking and Dagenham.

People in Barking and Dagenham aged between 55 and 74 who are current or former smokers can take advantage of a new, free opportunity to have their lungs checked.

More than 14,000 Barking and Dagenham residents should expect to receive an invitation to a lung check appointment over the next 12 months. These are arranged by invite only and letters are currently being sent out to those who are eligible. It is really important that people follow the instructions in the letter and keep their appointment.

The lung health check takes place in two stages. The first is an initial phone assessment with a specially trained health care professional. If the assessment finds the person to be at high risk, they are offered a low dose CT (computerised tomography) scan of the lungs for further investigation. Scans are simple and safe, and will be taking place for those who are invited in a dedicated scanning truck located at Barking Sport house and Gym at Mayesbrook Park.

Jon Cruddas MP: “It is great to hear of the introduction of life-saving lung checks in Barking and Dagenham- which has some of the poorest air quality in London. I would encourage any of my constituents who are eligible to take advantage of this opportunity.”