A new programme aimed at diagnosing lung cancer patients as early as possible when treatment can be more effective has launched in Rossendale.

A CT scanner to check for lung cancers and reduce NHS waiting times is based in the car park of Rossendale Leisure Trust’s Adrenaline Centre.

As well as using a small section of the car park, a room inside the centre has also been hired to use if needed as a private consulting room for sensitive discussions.

Lancashire Telegraph: The clinical facility with CT Scanner to assist early detection of lung cancer on the car park of Rossendale Leisure Trust’s Adrenaline Centre, Helmshore Road, Haslingden.The clinical facility with CT Scanner to assist early detection of lung cancer on the car park of Rossendale Leisure Trust’s Adrenaline Centre, Helmshore Road, Haslingden.

Operations Manager Ross McCowan said: “The CT scanner is being used on the carpark for the next three months and its sole purpose is to reduce the waiting times for the NHS, if successful they may require more time with us in the future.

“Hospitals would struggle to see as many people in this space of time. We feel that this is a worthwhile cause that has minimal disruption to our current service.

“The idea of the programme is to diagnose lung cancers at an early stage. Unfortunately, lung cancer tends to be detected at a late stage, which often means that treatment is limited and lives are sadly shortened.”

Research from the NHS shows that lung cancer is frequently diagnosed at a later stage than other cancers, due to there often being no signs at an early stage. 

The clinicians are hoping to see patients between 55 and 74 who may be at risk because of being smokers, ex-smokers or have a family history of lung cancer or asbestos exposure.

Patients see a specialist nurse who then refers them for an instant scan, reducing the hospital wait by months. 

Ross added: “Speaking to the NHS team running the service, the plan is to diagnose 1,000s of unknown cancers in their services and improve the lives of our community and their families

"They are also referring for smoking cessation directly to the smoking teams locally.”

The Leisure Trust is delighted to be able to accommodate the service so that it is more easily accessible for the local community.

It is hoped the success of this scheme, could lead to further joint working between the trust and the NHS to support the accessibility of services.