A new state of the art mobile clinical scanning unit has opened in Nottingham in collaboration with the NHS. Between 30-40 per cent of the population in Aspley and Shelley are smokers – twice the national average of 18 per cent. The unit is in Asda supermarket car park in Strelley and is set to carry out hundreds of scans between now and February.
Dr Safiy Karim – CCG Cancer Lead for Nottingham City, said: “Smoking is the number one cause of lung disease and the best health advice for any smoker is to give up as soon as possible. People with a history of smoking are also more at risk of developing many forms of lung disease that can be treated more easily if caught early.”
Dr Karim added: “It’s easy to ignore your health while you feel well but many illnesses do not show symptoms until they are more advanced. We also know that people are sometimes reluctant to visit the hospital when they are invited for a scan. That’s why we are inviting people for an initial health check and can offer an accurate test in the local community.” The scanning unit was funded by Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.