Conexus Healthcare are proud to be delivering a project to help increase the number of people diagnosed with lung cancer at an earlier stage in Wakefield.
We are working with the West Yorkshire & Harrogate Cancer Alliance, NHS Wakefield CCG and Nova to deliver Lung Health Checks for patients in three practices in the east of Wakefield. The pilot runs until May until Autumn 2019.
Smoking across Wakefield District
Whilst smoking rates have fallen in recent years, 1 in 5 adults in Wakefield District still smoke. As professionals working within health and social care, we’re all too aware of the fatal dangers caused by smoking; oral cancer, COPD and lung cancer being the most serious with deaths from lung cancer in particular being amongst the highest in the West Yorkshire area.
There are large inequalities in smoking too. In Wakefield, figures show most smokers or ex-smokers commonly live in deprived areas. We also know these people tend to have poorer health outcomes and present at their GP practice or hospital with obvious symptoms when it’s sadly too late.
How does the Lung Health Checks pilot work?
The Lung Health Check (LHC) pilot is taking place at three practices in Pontefract: Southmoor Surgery and both Dr Diggle & Phillips and Dr Singh & Partners practices within Church View Health Centre.
The aim of the LHCs is to improve health outcomes and quality of life by enabling more people to be identified at an earlier stage for serious respiratory disease. This gives health and community professionals a better chance of putting in place positive ways to help these people substantially reduce their risk of early death or disability.
Whilst the LHC service isn’t a diagnostic service, it’s part of a wider process that should ensure people with respiratory problems get an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment and support, including, if they are smokers, support to help them quit. Working with Nova, people can be signposted to the right support within the community too.
The lung health check service being commissioned runs for a period of time to cover Wakefield’s most heavy smoking areas and low-level CT scans are offered to those at elevated risk of lung cancer.
Who is eligible for a Lung Health Check?
Conexus are working with the three practices to identify which patients to invite for the free LHC. These are likely to be people who smoke, or who used to smoke, aged 55-74. Eligible patients will be contacted by their practice and invited for a LHC between May and November this year.
If you are a patient at one of the practices above and would like further information about the Lung Health Check, please speak to your practice reception team.
If you are a local partner or provider that would like further information about the LHC project, please contact Russell Houghton.