Southampton lung health check service

Nurse giving health adviceAbout the Southampton lung health check service

The Southampton lung health check service will be resuming in the city in August 2020.

People aged 55 to 74 who are registered with a Southampton GP and are current or former smokers will be invited to have a lung health check. You will be invited even if you feel fit and healthy and you currently have no lung problems, or if you currently have a lung condition.

Lung health checks are a really important check-up of the overall health of your lungs and can spot any early signs of lung problems. The checks are designed to spot any signs of lung problems early – often before you notice anything is wrong. If lung cancer, or another problem with your breathing or lungs is found early, treatment could be simpler and more successful.

What will happen at my lung health check?

The Southampton lung health check service is being run by specially trained nurses from University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.

Your lung health check will be a telephone or video consultation appointment. The nurse will ask you some questions about your breathing and overall lung health. They will also ask you about your lifestyle, family and medical history.  

The nurse may also talk to you about having a lung scan. If you are invited to a lung scan, you will be asked to travel to the appointment.

You and your GP will be contacted with the results of the lung health check, and any follow up advice.

How do I book my appointment?

If you are eligible for a lung health check, look out for a letter coming in the post over the next few months inviting you to book your appointment.

I’m not eligible for a lung health check, how can I look after my lung health?

At present lung health checks are being offered to 55 -74 year old smokers or former smokers who are registered with a GP practice in Southampton.

If you aren’t eligible for a lung health check, it is still really important to look after your lungs by being active, stopping smoking, eating healthily and telling your GP about any of the following symptoms that are unusual to you, such as:

  • a persistent cough or change in your normal cough – please note, if you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus (a new continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste) visit the NHS website for advice or call 111 if you cannot get help online. It is important you stay home and order a test as soon as possible)
  • coughing up blood
  • being short of breath
  • unexplained tiredness or weight loss
  • an ache or pain when breathing or coughing
  • appetite loss.