Southampton lung health check service

Nurse giving health advice About the Southampton lung health check service

The Southampton lung health check service will be coming to the city during 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, such as COPD or even lung cancer, sooner.

 

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 in mobile vans in convenient locations around the city.

At the appointment you will have a check-up with the nurse and a simple breathing test. The nurse may also talk to you about having a lung scan. If you need a scan and are happy to have one, you can have the scan at the same 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.

More information will be coming soon about the Southampton lung health check service.

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
  • coughing up blood
  • being short of breath
  • unexplained tiredness or weight loss
  • an ache or pain when breathing or coughing
  • appetite loss.