New respiratory team will be offering free lung tests

SHOPPERS will be able to get free lung tests next month to mark the launch of a new community respiratory team.

Anyone visiting the Arndale Centre on July 4 between 9am and 3.30pm can ask for a spirometry test to see how healthy their lungs are.

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (ESHT) is joining an international campaign to encourage more to have their lungs tested regularly in a bid to pick up conditions like asthma and other breathing problems which, if left untreated, could have serious repercussions.

One of the most high risk diseases is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) which is contributing to an increase in the numbers dying from lung disease.

ESHT’s new community respiratory service’s staff will be on hand at the Arndale Centre to carry out the tests and, if any results raise concerns, give the person details to take to their GP.

Spirometry screening is recommended for anyone over 40 or current or former smokers. In a recent study, smokers with abnormalities on their lung function tests were at a higher risk of developing lung cancer.

Louise Green, community respiratory service lead physio, said, “Spirometry testing is like an MOT check for the lungs. People taking them will most likely get the all clear, but it can be invaluable in raising early warning signs for potentially fatal problems. It takes just a few minutes and is simple and painless. It is the most accurate test available and can help detect conditions such as COPD early, before the onset of debilitating symptoms.”