Lung tests

If you’re having breathing difficulties, then you’ll want to get things checked out as soon as possible.

Lung function tests are a range of tests used to measure how well your lungs work and can help diagnose the cause of breathing problems.

We offer a number of diagnostic tests – Peak flow, spirometry, EarlyCDT-Lung blood tests and chest X-rays – that can take place quickly with results and reports returned promptly.

There is no need to get a referral from your NHS GP and you’ll be seen by our experienced GPs and specialist nurses.

Spirometry

Spirometry is the most common lung function test and it measures how much air you can move out of your lungs and how quickly. It’s a simple test where you will be asked to breathe into a mouthpiece attached to a spirometer, which records the results.

It can measure a range of lung functions including the amount of air you can exhale with force after a deep inhale, the amount of air you can exhale with force in one breath and the volume of air flow halfway through an exhale.

A range of conditions can be diagnosed using these tests including:

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – which includes a range of lung diseases that can cause breathlessness, frequent chest infections and a phlegmy cough.

Asthma - which leads to shortness of breath and is often caused by allergies.

Pulmonary fibrosis - where scarring of the lungs can cause shortness of breath.

GP consultation costs £55.
Spirometry costs £50.

EarlyCDT-Lung

Early CDT-Lung test is a blood test that can detect lung cancer at an early stage. .It can show up auto antibodies associated with lung cancer up to four years before a tumour is visible.

This is important because if lung cancer is diagnosed early, the five-year survival rate more than triples to 56%.*.

Results of this simple blood test are returned within seven days.

*https://ec.europa.eu/eipp/desktop/en/projects/project-11198.html

GP consultation costs £55.
EarlyCDT-Lung blood test costs £154.

Peak flow

This test is a measure of how much air your lungs can take in and how fast you can blow this out, to see whether your lung capacity is in the normal range.

You simply blow as hard as you can into a small handheld device called a peak flow monitor, which will give you a peak flow score. This will show whether your airways are narrowed and can indicate a number of conditions, including asthma.

GP consultation costs £55.
There is no additional charge for a peak flow.

Full comprehensive lung health check-up

If you would like a comprehensive check-up to see how healthy your lungs are, we can offer a mix of lung function and blood tests for total peace of mind.

Firstly, we will conduct a general health assessment. This involves listening to any of your concerns and discussing your personal and family health history. We’ll measure your height, weight and BMI to give us an idea of your overall health.

Next, we’ll do a number of blood tests to identify any potential problems.

Finally, we’ll perform a number of lung function tests to check for conditions like asthma, allergies, asbestosis, lung cancer and more.

The following tests will be performed:

FBC
ESR
Biochemistry profile
HDL/LDL
FT4
TSH
Cyfra 21-1
Early CDT Lung

GP consultation costs £55.
Lung health check-up costs £550 (includes Spirometry test).

 

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