Published: Wednesday, 3rd January 2024

Local resident Pauline is encouraging other people to get their lungs checked as it’s revealed smoking remains the largest preventable cause of death in Royal Greenwich and the UK.

If you are a smoker or former smoker aged between 55 to 74, you will have been invited for a free NHS lung health screening to help detect cancer and other breathing issues. The new programme will be (eventually) rolled out nationally, but our borough was chosen to pilot the scheme. 

Pauline, 73, who lives in Royal Greenwich, booked an appointment after receiving her letter. She said: “As a former smoker, I was grateful for the chance to receive this check because if there is anything, it can get sorted out.” 

 “I was petrified about having a scan but when I arrived at the community van, the nurses were friendly and immediately put me at ease.  

“Think of who is important to you and think about being around for them. If there is anything wrong, the doctors can pick up on it and sort it, so you will still be around for your loved ones.”   

So far, over 3,500 people have had their lung health checked in Royal Greenwich – why not join them? 

Please note the lung health check is for people without symptoms. If you’ve noticed a change, tell your GP as soon as possible. 

Find out more or call 0208 124 3125