Targeted Lung Health Check (TLHC) programme in Portsmouth
In September 2021, Portsmouth was selected to be in the Phase 3 expansion of the Targeted Lung Health Check screening programme.
The programme, which is planned to start in April 2022, is aimed at smokers and ex-smokers aged 55 to 75 who will be invited for a Lung Health Check (LHC) and where required, a low dose CT scan.
The primary aim is to reduce mortality from lung cancer. Currently Portsmouth early diagnosis rate is 38% (Stage 1 or 2). In line with the NHS Long Term Plan 2028 target, the TLHC programme is aiming for a 75% early diagnosis rate with a target population of 24,000.
Health and Care Portsmouth, which includes NHS Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group CCG, Portsmouth Primary Care, Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust (PHU) and Portsmouth City Council Wellbeing Service, are working in partnership to deliver this programme.
The programme is expected to become a national rollout in 2024.