Luton Clinical Commissioning Group

NHS Luton Clinical Commissioning Group



19 June 2019

Luton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been twinned with Thurrock CCG as part of 10 Cancer Alliance areas across the UK to roll out a Targeted Lung Health Check programme.

Luton CCG is announcing the funding of £4-million over four years, during British Lung Foundation’s Love Your Lungs Week.

Luton has one of the highest rates of death from lung cancer in the UK and 10% of the population are smokers. The programme is one of the first to be rolled out as part the NHS Long Term Plan.

Carole Gillespie, Lead Commissioner for Luton and Bedfordshire CCGs said:

“The targeted checks will help spot a range of health problems much earlier than before – about 3,400 cancers over four years across the 10 areas. The programme will allow hundreds of people to receive potentially life-saving treatment for conditions much earlier than they would have before. This presents a golden opportunity to improve health outcomes for the people of Luton. We want the people of Luton to ‘Love their Lungs’.”

Existing and former smokers aged between 55 and 74 across Luton will be invited to have a free lung health check with a lung specialist at a convenient location close to where they live. If required, they can have a low dose CT scan on the spot.

Dr James Ramsay, Medical Director at Luton and Dunstable Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Lung Cancer lead said:

“We are grateful for this investment and are working closely with clinical and community services to bring this new early lung screening to Luton. We think this is a gift for the people of Luton, where early identification of lung conditions and/or cancer means much better outcomes.”

“There’s nothing to fear from the health check as it is about making sure any potential conditions are spotted early. It’s not just about spotting cancers and serious disease – other support and advice will be available too, especially stop smoking services.”

Lung health checks have been proven to increase earlier diagnosis of conditions including lung cancer. Studies of previous lung health check programmes have shown a low dose CT scan can reduce lung cancer deaths by 26% in men and up to 61% in women.

Only those meeting the criteria will be invited to take part in the programme. Lung Health Check vans will be located on existing transport routes for ease of access.

Smoking cessation services are always available and ready to support you in leading a healthier lifestyle and giving up smoking.

It is expected that the roll out of the new offer will be in the early part of 2020, the programme will last for four years.


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About the Targeted Lung Health Checks
NHS England announced the £70m funding pot over four years for the 10 programme areas. Luton and Thurrock will split £7m between them to offer this opportunity to residents. More information about the announcement is here:

Targeted Lung Health Checks are only for a specific cohort of patients and follow the Nelson Study, which includes people aged between 55 and 74 +364 days who have ever smoked.

More about the NELSON study here:

For more information contact the communications team at Luton Clinical Commissioning Group


T: 01525 624440 or 01582 532074

Notes for editors

· Luton Clinical Commissioning Group is responsible for planning, organising and buying NHS-funded healthcare for the 240,000 people who live in Luton. This includes hospital, community health and mental health services.

· LCCG is run by GPs, nurses, hospital doctors and other clinicians – the people you see whenever you come into contact with the NHS. 28 GP practices in Luton are members of the CCG.

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