Targeted Lung Health Check

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What is a Lung Health Check?

A Lung Heath Check is a free MOT of the lungs. It finds out how well your lungs are working and aims to rule out any serious conditions. Often, early problems with the lungs do not cause any symptoms; therefore, it is important to attend even if you are fit and healthy.

Most of the time nothing is found, but if there are any problems with how your lungs are working, such as cancer, finding out early can make treatment simpler and more successful. The outcome of treatment for lung cancer is much better when the cancer is diagnosed at an early stage.

A Lung Health Check also aims to promote healthier lifestyles with advice about stopping smoking.


Who can have a Lung Health Check?

Currently, Lung Health Checks are only being offered to people between the ages of 55 and 74, who are current or former smokers. You will receive an invitation letter.

This is a pilot and is taking place initially in Barking and Dagenham and Tower Hamlets only. It is likely to be extended to more areas in the future.


How do I get a Lung Health Check?

You can only have a lung health check if you have received a letter inviting you for a telephone appointment.

If it is, an appointment will be booked for you to meet with a nurse.

Barking and Dagenham residents click here 

Tower Hamlets residents click here


What happens at a Lung Health Check?

There are two main stages to a Lung Health Check appointment. The first is an assessment with a health professional and the second, if you are eligible, is a CT scan of the lungs.

  • 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. You may also be asked to breathe into a tube to check your breathing and how well your lungs work.
  • 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. 


What is involved in having a lung scan?

A computerised tomography (CT) scan uses X-rays and a computer to create detailed images of your lungs to check for the early signs of lung cancer. 

  • The appointment will last approximately 30 minutes and you’ll have a chance to ask the radiographer any questions.
  • The CT scan will take place in a mobile unit. Click on your local page to find out more information, including where your scan will take place.


Is it safe to have a CT scan?

Yes, it is safe. A CT scan works by using a safe low dose of radiation to make a correct diagnosis.


What happens after your Lung Health Check?

There are three possible results from your Lung Health Check and CT scan: 

  • No problems found– the nurse may find nothing further to investigate. If appropriate, you will be invited to another appointment in 2 years’ time (if you are still between the ages of 55 and 74). We will write to you and your GP to explain this. 
  • Referral to your GP– if problems with your breathing or lung health are found, you might be referred to your GP. We will write to your GP (and you) so they know about the appointment and any recommended follow up that is needed.  
  • Further tests – if you have a CT scan and your scan results come back with signs of anything concerning, you will be contacted and referred for further tests and possible treatment. We will write to your GP so that they know about the appointment and the results.


Need more information?

After you get your invitation letter, if you have any questions that are not answered on these pages or in the patient information booklet sent with your letter, please email

You can access the latest Frequently Asked Questions here

Barking and Dagenham residents click here 

Tower Hamlets residents click here


Where can I get support to stop smoking?

For advice on information on how to stop smoking, visit

For local services:

Barking and Dagenham:

Tower Hamlets:


Updated: 14/07/2022