Published on: 9th September 2019
Thousands of people in Salford will be offered a free lung MOT to improve early detection rates of lung disease.
NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are funding the city-wide health check pilot and information campaign supported by Salford Royal Foundation Trust and Salford City Council, which will be rolled out from Monday, September 9.
Patients aged 55 to 74 who smoke or who have smoked in the past will be sent a letter from their GP inviting them to book a check which includes spirometry (breathing checks). Salford City Council’s health improvement service staff will also be on hand to offer stop smoking and other health advice.
The first round of the lung health check pilot will be carried out at Walkden Gateway centre before being available in other parts of the city later in the year.
Dr Steve Elliot, Salford CCG Clinical Lead for cancer said: “Similar checks in Liverpool and north Manchester proved very successful and suggest that 70 lives could be saved by early detection and treatment of problems. If there are any issues then the sooner they are picked up and dealt with the better.”
Councillor Gina Reynolds, Lead Member for Adult Services, Health and Wellbeing said: “I’d urge anyone who receives an invitation for a lung check to take up this beneficial offer. Around one in six people in Salford are smokers and this check provides an opportunity to highlight all the help available to cut down or quit smoking altogether, which will have a significant impact on improving people’s health.”
The lung health checks will also support the city’s cancer plan to improve detection and prevent deaths.