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FAQs

If you are eligible for a lung health check you will be invited to attend a telephone appointment when we are screening patients from your practice. (Please note at present, due to the project this is only for Stoke on Trent GP’s)

Telephone appointments are available Monday – Friday 9am – 3.45pm, on a Tuesday and Thursday we offer evening appointments to 8pm (last appointment 7.30pm). From 1st July 2021 we will be offering Saturday morning appointments.

CT appointments are available 7 days a week. If the date or time is not convenient please call the number on the letter to rearrange.

Other languages are available on request. We have Polish, Punjabi, Romanian and Urdu; please call 01782 671553 or 01782 671554 to request your specific language.

At a CT appointment we can arrange translation and interpreter services to be in attendance.

At present for the telephone appointments we will need to use a spouse or friend who can translate the information for you.

At a CT appointment we can arrange for a British Sign Language interpreter to attend if you require.

Yes. We can send out an easy read leaflet to help you understand the appointment and longer time slots.

We can also make arrangements for your carer to attend with you. 

There is also a link to an Easy Read Patient Information Booklet with voice over. 

We will make a note of this during your telephone appointment and if needed, we will advise the team performing your CT scan. 

Your CT will be performed at Royal Stoke University Hospital or County Hospital, Stafford both buildings have accessibility throughout.

You will receive your results within 4 weeks and a letter will go to your GP. Depending on your results, you may need to see your GP or another doctor to talk about your results.

You will get your results within four weeks.

There are four possible results:

No abnormalities found

This means that no signs of lung cancer or other abnormalities were seen on the scan. We will write to you with the results and ask you to come back for another scan in two years. However, it is still possible that lung cancer could develop or that the scan may have missed it. If you notice anything that is not normal for you before your next scan, tell your doctor.

 Further scan needed

This usually means there are some shadows on the scan. It is probably something harmless but it could be more serious. We will write and ask you to come for another scan sooner than normal, in around three months, just to check.

Abnormal result

This means there is something abnormal on the scan and you need further tests. We will call you and write to the hospital so you can be seen by a doctor. It could mean you have lung cancer. Around half of people with an abnormal result will have lung cancer.

Incidental finding

This means there is no sign of lung cancer but there are signs of other problems on the scan that may need treatment or medical advice. We will write to you and your GP, you may need to see your GP or another doctor.

We understand that some symptoms of lung cancer are like those of coronavirus. It is important to look out for anything that is unusual for you.

If you notice any of the following, without coronavirus symptoms.

Please contact your GP as soon as possible for:

  • Unexplained persistent cough
  • Unexplained persistent breathlessness
  • Fatigue lasting four or more weeks
  • Persistent or recurrent chest infection
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Appetite loss

If you are unsure or do not want to attend your CT appointment because of concerns about coronavirus, then please contact the imaging appointment team on your CT letter to discuss this.