Our TLHC van is moving!

The Targeted Lung Health Checks (TLHC) programme is a new and ground-breaking flagship programme of work in England which will contribute to the ambition of the NHS Long Term Plan to improve early diagnosis and survival for those diagnosed with cancer.

Ann James Chief Executive (University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust), Dr Joe Mays Early Diagnosis Lead Peninsula Cancer Alliance and Kate Shields Chief Executive (NHS Cornwall & The Isles of Scilly ICB) onsite.

Lung cancer is the world’s biggest cause of cancer death, partly because those most at risk are least likely to report with symptoms. Patients are often diagnosed only when their disease is advanced and incurable.


Our aim is to help diagnose lung cancer at an earlier stage when treatment may be more successful.

The Kernow programme is part of Phase 3 of the national rollout and will invite 46,000 patients over the next four years from seven PCN’s that have been identified areas of deprivation and higher smoking/ever-smoked population these being: East Cornwall; Launceston & Tamar Valley; Three Harbours & Bosvena; Watergate; St Austell; Penwith & North Kerrier East.

What have we done so far?

The programme started scanning on the 3rd August at our first site at Kimberley Stadium, Saltash, Cornwall.

  • We have sent out (7,298) letters inviting patients
  • Completed (2,400) Telephone Triages
  • Completed (568) Low dose CT Scans
  • We have found (11) suspected cancers

Where will we go next? 

At the end of November, the van will be moving to Liskeard and will start scanning patients local to the area.

How does the process work? 

For further information regarding who will be contacted and how you will be invited for a scan please look at our webpage Targeted Lung Health Checks – Peninsula Cancer Alliance