A man with grey hair and wearing blue overalls carries a tool box as he walks past a brick wall. Words say: "I thought it was a good idea to have my lungs checked... and I'm so glad I did."

A mobile health clinic will be arriving in Farnworth and Kearsley to offer past and current smokers aged 55–74 a free Lung Health Check from mid-June.

It will operate 6 days a week (Monday to Saturday) from 8am to 8pm to ensure that appointments are accessible to everyone who’s invited. Patients will be informed of the location in an invitation letter or text message.

Invitation letters and text messages will be sent out to smokers and former smokers aged 55-74 years based at doctors’ surgeries in in the Farnworth and Kearsley Primary Care Network in Bolton. This includes the following GP surgeries: Kearsley Medical Centre, Stonehill Medical Centre, Fig Tree Medical Practice and Farnworth Family Practice.

People who are invited for a lung health check will firstly talk to specialist nurse where they will answer some health and lifestyle questions. This will determine whether they are ‘high’ or ‘low’ risk. If deemed high risk, they will be offered a low-dose computed tomography (CT) scan of their lungs for further investigation on the same day and be enrolled into the programme.

Most visitors to the Lung Health Checks will get reassurance that everything is OK or be referred to get help to stop smoking.