£1m scanner in a car park starts cancer battle in Doncaster village

A scheme to bring cancer scanners into Doncaster towns and villages has seen its first patients.

Friday, 2nd April 2021, 4:47 pm

The Doncaster Lung Health Check programme finally started this week – after a year’s delay due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It sees a CT scanner being located in the car park of Rossington Miners Welfare on West End Lane.

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The scanned in the car park at Rossington

Chief executive of Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group Jackie Pederson said: “The Doncaster Lung Health Check programme went live this week.

"We are targeting Rossington in the South and the idea is to widen it to the whole of Doncaster.

“It is a real positive. On the back of Covid, we had to make changes and it had to be delayed, but it shows you can get things up and running in this environment.”

Health experts believe the £1million CT scanner could save 200 lives

Dr Jason Page with the scanner at Rossington miners welfare

The borough has been selected for a pioneering scheme which is aimed at transforming the survival chances of victims of lung cancer, with a scheme which has been named the Doncaster Lung Health Check programme.

After an initial six weeks in Rossington, the scheme will move on to sites in other communities, including Edlington, Mexborough and Adwick.

GPs have been ringing patients who have a history of smoking to ask them questions about their health.

Some of those, depending on the survey, will be invited to come for a scan at the miners’ welfare.

It is due to move to the north of Doncaster in July, the east in October, and the centre in December.

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