New “drop-in” x-ray service launches for Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale residents with on-going coughs in a bid to catch cancer early

Friday 08 July 2022

NHS teams are encouraging members of the public with lingering chest symptoms to get them checked out via a new, no-appointment necessary service at their local hospital.

Launching on Monday 11 July, members of the public from Bury, Heywood, Rochdale and Middleton are able to attend their local hospital for a chest x-ray, without needing to see a GP and without the need to book an appointment, if they have on-going symptoms that could indicate lung problems.

It is hoped that the free chest x-rays will not only offer peace of mind for many, but in some cases identify conditions that need further attention, such as lung cancer, which is much more treatable when diagnosed early.

Lung cancer is the biggest cancer killer within Greater Manchester and NHS services reported the number of people coming forward for lung cancer checks and diagnoses reduce during the COVID pandemic. The new service is expected to help to identify other patients who may be at risk.

Anyone aged 40 or over, who is registered with a GP in Bury, Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale will be eligible to go straight for an x-ray without seeing their GP first, if they have had one of these symptoms for more than three weeks:

Shortness of breath
Chest pain
Weight loss
Appetite loss
Coughing up blood

The service will be operating in the radiology departments at Fairfield Hospital, The Royal Oldham Hospital and Rochdale Infirmary, between 8am and 8pm Monday to Friday, and 9am-12pm on Saturdays.

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