News posted 10 April, 2019

Manchester Lung Health Checks nominated for Patient Safety Awards

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Manchester’s recently launched Lung Health Checks have been shortlisted for Cancer Care Initiative of the Year at the Patient Safety Awards 2019.

Launched on 25 March, the project will tackle poor early diagnosis and survival rates for lung cancer by providing quick, easily accessible screenings for those deemed at higher risk of lung conditions. The initiative is managed by Wythenshawe Hospital, part of Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, and delivered in partnership with Manchester Health and Care Commissioning (MHCC), Cobalt, and Siemens Healthineers.

From this month (April 2019), Lung Health Check support units and CT vehicles will be placed in key community-based locations across North and East Manchester for the next two years. The first-of-their-kind mobile units will utilise ultra low-dose CT scanners, meaning tests can be carried out quickly, and in easily accessible areas in the community.

Dr Richard Booton, Clinical Director of Lung Cancer and Thoracic Surgery at Wythenshawe Hospital, said: “To have been shortlisted for this award so shortly after the launch of our Lung Health Checks speaks volumes about the confidence that health experts have in the initiative’s value to the local community. Thanks to new technology and an innovative approach to screening, we anticipate this new service will help us identify lung cancers more quickly, more easily, and earlier in their development than ever before.”

The Lung Health Check team will find out if they have won on Tuesday 2nd July 2019 at the 12th annual Patient Safety Congress at Manchester Central.