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Lung Health Check programme

Cobalt supports the NHS with Targeted Lung Health Checks.

The TLHC programme forms part of the NHS Long Term Plan to improve early diagnosis and survival for those diagnosed with cancer in the UK.

It targets those most at risk of lung cancer and will initially work with CCGs who have some of the highest rates of mortality from lung cancer.

People aged over 55 years old but less than 75 years old that have ever smoked will be invited to a free lung check.

Following the lung health check, those assessed as high risk will be offered a low dose CT scan. It is estimated that approximately 3,400 cancers will be found – many earlier than they would have done otherwise – and the NHS will be able to offer more treatments, such as curative surgery which will save people’s lives.

Detecting lung cancer in the early stages is extremely difficult as often people don’t experience any symptoms and are not diagnosed until stage 3 or 4. A lung health check can help find any problems early, often before someone notices anything is wrong, and at a stage when treatment could be simpler and more successful.

The lung health check takes place in two stages. The first is an initial phone assessment with a specially trained respiratory nurse. If the assessment finds the person to be at high risk, they will be offered a low dose CT scan of the lungs for further investigation.

To learn more about the TLHC programme in its current locations, please click on the destinations below.

Lung health check


Royal Brompton

Bradford, North Kirklees

Newcastle and Gateshead

Manchester, Tameside and Glossop

Bedfordshire, Dunstable

Luton, Thurrock and Essex

Liverpool and Merseyside

North East Lincolnshire

Bedfordshire residents invited for lung health check

Existing and former smokers aged between 55 and 75 across Central Bedfordshire will be invited to have a free lung health check with a lung specialist at a convenient location close to where they live, initially over the phone.

If deemed high-risk they will be offered a low-dose CT scan in a state of the art mobile unit – currently located in Sainsbury’s car park in Dunstable.

Take a tour of our mobile CT and integrated support units

Two purpose-designed support units and a state-of-the-art mobile CT with the Siemens go.All ultra-low dose CT scanner provides a fully integrated clinic for deployment in the Leeds community.

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