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Drop in chest X-ray service

Chest X-ray criteria  |  What the appointment involves  |  How long the appointment will last  |  What to take with you  |  Getting the results


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
Middlesbrough (James Cook) Redcar

James Cook University Hospital

Marton Road, Middlesbrough, TS4 3BW

Main reception: 01642 850850

Drop in chest X-ray sessions Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Directions and parking information for James Cook University Hospital.

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

Directions and parking information for Redcar Primary Care Hospital.

What does the appointment involve?

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.

How long will the appointment last?

The appointment should take no more than 30 minutes.

What will I need to take with me?

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.

How will I get the results?

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.

More information about GPs and their services can be found via the NHS website.


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