HHHO Support NHS Lung Health Check Programme One Year On

One year ago HHHO joined forces to support NHS England and  the Targeted Lung Health Checks (TLHC) programme – a flagship programme which aims to maximise patient uptake and improve early diagnosis of lung cancer across the nation.

The programme’s mobile CT scanning unit, which first arrived onsite at the charity’s headquarters in Stechford last April, is now a permanent monthly fixture at the centre, following its successful rollout within the community. Through its collaboration with local GPs, 14,819 invitations have been sent out to high-risk individuals within the region.

The below statistics show how many individuals have had access to screening and specialist support whilst the unit has been at Help Harry Help Others:

  • 7,679 patients telephone triaged
  • 4,368 patients designated as high risk
  • 3,760 patients seen for a face-to-face lung health assessment with a Nurse
  • 4,342 patients scanned (including recalls)

Help Harry Help Others, which became a registered charity in September 2012, was founded by Georgie Moseley, following the passing of her son Harry. Despite fighting an inoperable brain tumour, Harry raised over £750,000 for cancer research in the last two years of his life, before he passed away on 8th October 2011, aged just 11 years old.

Part of Harry’s mission was to raise awareness and drive opportunities for early diagnosis, which is key to effective treatment and increasing survival for all cancers.

Lung cancer is a major issue in Birmingham and Solihull, with local incidence above that of the national average. Across the region over 45% of patients are presenting with late stage cancers (stage 3 and 4) or as an emergency presentation, when curative treatment is often no longer possible. In comparison, the Targeted Lung Health Check programme is seeing a 77% early detection rate (stage 1 and 2).

The NHS also works in partnership with InHealth to implement the programme. InHealth is the UK’s largest specialist provider of tests, scans and examinations across the UK. It supports the NHS with the roll out of the National Targeted Lung Health Check (TLHC), delivering the service in 15 areas across the UK.

The Help Harry Help Others drop-in cancer support centre, where the CT scanning unit is located, offers 20 services to support families in every aspect outside of treatment, from mental wellbeing to finances and housing. The centre has successfully helped over 1500 families and bridges the gap between hospital and hospice.

Charity founder Georgie Moseley, commented on the partnership, “This is a significant moment for Help Harry Help Others, as we have wanted to work closely with the NHS for a long time. It means we can increase the number of services we already provide and assist in offering access to screening and health education, which ultimately enables early diagnosis,  treatment and better outcomes. This service is vitally important and the success so far speaks for itself. The TLHC programme has also given us the opportunity to raise further awareness of the charity, and given us the platform to reach those who need us. We are delighted the NHS has recognised Harry’s charity as a working partner, and we hope this can continue going forward.”

Dr Sonia Ashraf, Medical Director for Cancer at NHS Birmingham and Solihull Integrated Care Board continues, “Being located at the Help Harry Help Others site has been invaluable for the implementation of this great work to identify lung cancer early. Easy access at a trustworthy local site has also helped tremendously with engagement. We hope to offer the lung cancers we identify at this earlier stage (stage 1 and 2) curative treatment to improve the outcome and quality of life for our patients.”

 

For more information, visit: https://www.birminghamsolihull.icb.nhs.uk/health- information/targeted-lung-health-check

See our latest press release here:

https://solihullobserver.co.uk/news/help-harry-helps-others-joins-nhs-in-bid-to-improve-early-lung-cancer-diagnosis/

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