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
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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