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Targeted Lung Health Checks for Thurrock
The Targeted Lung Health checks programme was launched in Thurrock in November, with the first patients attending the mobile screening from early December. The team had to pause in January and February to support the pandemic response, but were able to restart on 22 March.
In the first two months of the programme, 980 patients were invited to take up a lung health check.
- 403 people took part in a virtual lung health check.
- 140 had a CT scan
- 10 people were referred for further diagnostics for suspected cancers
- 27 people will be asked to return for further monitoring
The CT scanning units returned to Thurrock on 19 April and are currently situated in Asda Tilbury. They will then move around the borough to ensure equitable access for residents.
Bernard Yung, Consultant Respiratory Physician, Responsible Clinician at Basildon Hospital for the Thurrock Target Lung Health Check Programme, said:
“Targeted Lung Health Checks improve early diagnosis and survival for those diagnosed with cancer. The programme focuses on areas with those likely to be most at risk of lung cancer, so it’s a vital resource to have within our local communities. Following the lung health check people assessed as high risk are offered a CT scan. All the evidence has shown that we’ve been able to find cancer earlier and then offer more treatments, such as curative surgery, which can save people’s lives. I am glad that in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic we only had to pause the service for a short time.”
Moderna jab marks new milestone in our vaccination programme
The Trust is one of the first sites to roll out the Moderna vaccine for healthcare workers and those aged 45 and over, providing even greater access to a COVID-19 vaccine to the people of mid and south Essex.
Our vaccination programme has been a big success, with over 95% of our people having received their first vaccine. Vaccination centres at Southend and Broomfield Hospitals, as well as at the Towngate Theatre in Basildon, alongside clinics run by health partners across our area, continue to provide first and second doses to staff and our local communities.
It’s important that our staff and local communities keep following the ‘Hands. Face. Space and Fresh Air’ guidance to keep ourselves and others safe from the virus.
Almost 800 patients join global COVID-19 trial
Patients across our Trust who had COVID-19 are part of a recovery research project – an international clinical trial to help us learn what treatments are effective against the virus.
Volunteers who sign up to the trial, which is on-going, are offered a range of treatments to see which helps their recovery. The research has been taking place in our hospitals since March last year.
Ashley Solieri, Group Head of Research, said: “It’s great to have almost 800 volunteers involved in this fight against COVID-19; everyone is playing their part. These amazing figures are down to the dedication of the research team and the amazing support of the clinical teams in the Trust.”