Tower Hamlets


Invitation letter

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 a 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 Tower Hamlets and are invited for a face-to-face appointment following your telephone call, the location of this will be:

Mile End Park Leisure Centre and Stadium, 190 Burdett Rd, London E3 4HL

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

 

Accessibility:

  • Adapted For Wheelchairs
  • Disabled Toilet
  • Accessible Parking

You can reach it by public transport:

  • Mile End tube station, on the Central, District and Hammersmith & City Lines, is less than a 10-minute walk away
  • The nearest bus stop is a two-minute walk away and is served by the following bus routes: 277, D6, D7, N277
  • West Ferry DLR station is a 10 minute bus ride via 277 or D7

Parking is available onsite:

  • 100 total spaces available
  • 3 disabled spaces available
  • Parking type: Paying: £1.50 for two hours - pay online or at machine - ANPR system in operation

Cycling

  • Bike storage is available

 

Key things about your appointment:

  • 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 free 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

 

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 St Bartholomew’s Hospital or the Royal London Hospital.

 

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 Tower Hamlets: https://www.towerhamletsconnect.org/looking-after-yourself/addictions/smoking/

 

Contact details

If you have a question, please can you email the team at: nelondon.lungcheck@nhs.net

 


Updated: 06/07/2022