Barking & Dagenham
If you live in Barking and Dagenham, are aged 55-74 and are a smoker, or have previously been a smoker, we will send you a letter about an initial telephone appointment with the lung health check team.
Your letter will have the NHS logo on it and will be from the Targeted Lung Health Check team, sent on behalf of your GP.
Some people who have never smoked may also be sent the invitation letter. Please phone us if you receive this letter, and we can double-check whether a Targeted Lung Health Check appointment is right for you.
Booking your appointment
A phone appointment time will be on the letter that you receive. You will be called at this time to discuss whether a lung health check appointment is right for you. If it is, an appointment will be booked for you to meet with a nurse.
Best efforts will be made to call you at the scheduled time, and we usually manage to phone within 10 minutes of the allocated time, but please be aware that the time may vary slightly. If this is inconvenient, please phone us and we can reschedule. The number we call from may come up as an unknown number on your phone, or it may look like a local number.
If the appointment time is inconvenient and you would like to change it, please phone the freephone number (which will be on the letter). You can call for free from 8am - 6pm, Monday to Friday, or from 8am - 12pm on Saturday. You may be able to be assessed when you phone, or it may be that an alternative time for a phone discussion is arranged.
If you do not want to proceed with a lung health check appointment, please phone the number on the letter that you receive to discuss this in more detail.
Your free lung check
If you live in Barking and Dagenham and are invited for a face-to-face appointment following your telephone call, the location of this will be:
Barking Sporthouse and Gym, Mayesbrook Park, Lodge Ave, Dagenham, RM8 2JR
The appointment will take place in the dedicated InHealth lung check truck which is located in the car park (the truck looks similar to the one pictured here).
Link to Google Maps
Adapted For Wheelchairs
- Disabled Toilet
- Accessible Parking
You can reach it by public transport:
- Upney tube station on the District Line is a 15-minute walk way
- Upney is one stop from Barking tube station going East, or four stops from Dagenham tube station going West
- Barking station is a 20 minute bus ride away via route 368, 5 or E12
- Bus route 368 has the nearest bus stop, less than a five minute walk
Parking is available onsite:
- 100 total spaces available
- 4 disabled spaces available
- Parking type: Free
Appointments are available 8am to 6pm, 7 days a week
Key things about your lung check:
- You will be asked some questions about your breathing, overall lung health, lifestyle, and family and medical history.
- Your height and weight will be measured, and your blood pressure will be taken.
- Whether or not 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 decide if the test is right for you.
Your lung scan
When you come in for your appointment, if you are asked to have a scan, this will take place at the same location, in a mobile scanning unit, similar to the one pictured here.
- The appointment will last about 30 minutes
- You should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes and remove any metal objects, such as jewellery or belt buckles.
- The scan is safe as it is a low dose scan
More information on your scan
- Watch an animated video about lung health checks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-I9L-2TZT-8
- Watch a video on someone having their scan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFxY2kdvX0c
- Watch a video from Roy Castle Foundation on lung scans: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3oirXkufno or an animated version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sokQRXOWCUg&t=5s
What happens next
- Results of the lung health check appointment will be sent to you and your GP within 2-4 weeks.
- If anything abnormal is found at the appointment, or on the scan, you will be contacted by a nurse to discuss the results and what the next steps in your management will be.
- If an appointment in chest clinic is then needed, this will be arranged for you at King George Hospital, Ilford.
Where can I get support to stop smoking?
For advice on information on how to stop smoking, visit https://stopsmokinglondon.com/
For local services in Barking and Dagenham: https://www.lbbd.gov.uk/stop-smoking
If you have a question, please can you email the team at: email@example.com