Healthy Lungs

What is the Healthy Lung Programme about?

Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group are working with communities across Liverpool so that local residents have the opportunity to improve their lung health and so that we are able to help diagnose lung conditions early. 

From April 2016 – March 2017 the programme was piloted in the NHS GP neighbourhoods of Picton, Everton, Speke and Norris Green.  From April 2017 - March 2018, the programme will move to Croxteth, Anfield, City Centre and Riverside. Find out if your GP Practice is included in the pilot.

Two key things will be happening

  1. Breathe Freely Events. We are hosting a series of FREE events which will be happening close to you, within your local community and you are free to drop in to speak to our friendly team members and receive free advice and support so that you can become one step closer to better lung health.

  2. For those people aged 58-75 years old who have a history of smoking, they will be invited to attend a lung health clinic at their GP surgery. After this appointment, if needed, patients will be offered a Chest CT Scan at a local hospital.

How can you benefit from the Programme?

We want to help you to understand what things you can do to look after your lungs, to prevent any problems from occurring where we can. It’s also important that any problems are found and diagnosed early to help with treatment and management of lung conditions.

Dropping in to one of our free events and taking up the offer of the healthy lung clinic, if invited, are the first steps you can take towards better lung health.

Why is it important to look after your lungs?

Your lungs are the part of your body that work hard every day so you can breathe.
They really don’t get much rest, in one day you can breathe up to 25,000 times!
They carry oxygen from the air into your blood and release carbon dioxide from your blood into the air. Your body’s cells need this oxygen to work properly.

Your lungs have a natural defence system to keep out dirt and germs but several things can damage this, meaning they can’t do their job as well.

There are lots of things that you can do to look after your lungs, which are just as important if you already have a lung condition, including:

  • being more active
  • eating a balanced diet
  • stopping smoking
  • making sure you have all your vaccinations if you are over 65 years old or have a long term condition
  • knowing the warning signs and symptoms of lung conditions including Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases (COPD) and lung cancer.

For more information please see our guide to looking after your lungs. 

Breathe Freely Events

We are hosting a series of FREE events in the areas of Picton, Everton, Speke and Norris Green. These events will be happening close to you, within your local community and you are free to drop in to speak to our friendly team members and receive free advice and support so that you can become one step closer to better lung health.

Click here to find out more

Lung Health Clinics 

What are the lung nurse clinics?

We will work with GP Practices to contact patients who have been identified as being at a higher risk of developing lung disease inviting them to a lung health clinic in local NHS health centres or Doctors surgeries.

You are eligible if:

• You are aged 58-75 years old
• You have a history of smoking or COPD
• You have Pleural Plaque (areas of thickening of the lining between the lung and chest wall.)
• You have been exposed to asbestos

A letter will come from your own GP, asking you to telephone the lung nurse service directly to book an appointment. Please book your appointment as soon as you can as the sooner lung conditions are detected, the more we can do to help.

Click here to find out more

 

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