This is a new service aimed at making it easier for people who have the signs and symptoms of lung problems to get the help and treatment they need early.
At the moment this project is still a pilot. To be able to have a chest x-ray you must:
- Have one or more of the following symptoms:
- Cough lasting for more than 3 weeks
- Chest pain lasting for more than 3 weeks
- Be coughing up blood
- Be aged over 50
- Be a current smoker
- Not have had a chest x-ray in the last 3 months
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James Cook University Hospital
Marton Road, Middlesbrough, TS4 3BW
Main reception: 01642 850850
Drop in chest X-ray sessions Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm
The One Life Centre
Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 3QY
X-Ray department: 01642 737712
Drop in chest X-ray sessions every Tuesday and Thursday, 3pm – 7pm
Redcar Primary Care Hospital
West Dyke Road, Redcar, TS10 4NW
X-Ray department: 01642 511000
Drop in chest X-ray sessions every Saturday and Sunday, 11am – 3pm
You'll be asked to complete a simple form to gather some information. If you fit the criteria, you'll be offered an X-ray.
During the X-ray, you'll be asked to lie on a table or stand against a flat surface. This is to get a clear image of your chest. The X-ray machine, which looks like a tube containing a large light bulb, will be carefully aimed at your chest by a person called a radiographer. The radiographer won't be in the room with you at the time, but will operate the machine from behind a screen or from the next room.
The X-ray will last for a fraction of a second. It’s a painless process. While the X-ray is being taken, you'll need to keep still so the image produced isn't blurred. More than one X-ray may be taken from different angles to provide as much information as possible.
The procedure will usually only take a few minutes.
The appointment should take no more than 30 minutes.
You don’t need to take anything with you, and the radiographer (who will carry out the X-ray) will explain everything to you before you begin. You can take a friend, relative or carer with you for support if needed.
The results of the X-ray will be sent to your GP. If you're not registered with a GP, it's important to do so. You don’t necessarily need to have this done before your X-ray appointment, but it should be done soon after so the results can be sent to your GP and you can discuss them if you need to.
Registering with a GP is a simple process; once you choose a GP practice, you'll need to visit the practice in person to complete a registration form. You can take a friend or carer with you when you register with a GP.
You can search for a local GP practice online - you can choose which practice is best for you, for example, one which is close to where you live or work - and contact them to enquire about registering. The practice staff will support you through the registration process and give you all the information you need.
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