Blackpool residents’ free health MOT offer to combat resort’s lung disease problem

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Health professionals say the appointments ‘could seriously improve your quality of life’

 

Blackpool has an above average rate for residents with lung diseases
Blackpool has an above average rate for residents with lung diseases

More than 1,000 people in Blackpool have been offered a special lung health MOT check to combat the resort’s higher rate of lung diseases.

Health professionals believe this is due mainly to the prevalence of smoking in the seaside town.

A total of 4,227 potentially eligible people, who are aged between 55 and 74 and have ever smoked, received a letter inviting them for a lung health check virtual appointment during a six-week period from August to September.

After further checks were carried out over the phone with the patient, a total of 1,265 people were then invited for a Lung Health check with a nurse. Some 754 were then referred for a CT scan at a mobile scanning unit in Bank Street park close to the town centre.

NHS England data shows Blackpool has a higher than average rate of lung diseases which is why it has been chosen as one of 10 pilot sites for the programme. The mobile scanning unit has now moved to Blackburn with Darwen but will return to Blackpool later in the year.

Dr Ben Butler-Reid, a Blackpool GP and clinical director for NHS Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “We are pleased with the number of people who have come forward to engage with the service and take up the appointments that are offered. It could seriously improve your quality of life.

“We know Blackpool has a higher rate of lung diseases than the national average, due mainly to the prevalence of smoking in the area. This service has the potential to reach around 32,854 people in Blackpool over four years. That’s a huge number of people who could benefit from discovering any lung abnormalities early enough to be treated and to prevent long-term damage.”

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