Targeted Lung Health Check

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the UK. It is responsible for a range of illnesses, including lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart disease, stroke and diabetes. 

When it comes to lung health, spotting problems early can make a big difference. 

The NHS is offering a Lung Health Check to people with a smoking history to help reduce the number of early deaths from smoking-related illnesses.

You will be invited for a Lung Health Check if you’re:

  • Registered with a GP
  • Aged 55-74
  • A current or ex-smoker (your GP record must show that you are a current or ex-smoker)

When you receive your invitation, please attend your appointment: it might just save your life.

There are over 340,000 people in the North East and North Cumbria who are eligible for a Lung Health Check. Invites are being issued on a practice-by-practice basis. It will take time for every eligible person to receive an invite, so don’t be surprised if it’s a while before you receive yours.

By the end of 2026/27, all eligible people in the North East and North Cumbria will have received an invite to a Lung Health Check. Keep up to date with what’s happening in your area by checking the local page.

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NHS Lung Health Checks will diagnose 3,600 lung cancers across the North East and North Cumbria, many at an early stage when treatment is easier and more successful.