New report on county’s health

HIGH PEAK residents are less likely to die early from cancer, heart diseases and strokes than ten years ago, according to a new report.

Published by NHS Derbyshire’s acting director of public health Dr Bruce Laurence, the report also shows that more children in the area are physically active and smoking during pregnancy rates dropped to 15 per cent in 2009/10 compared to 19 per cent in 2007/8.

However, the number of women smoking during pregnancy in some areas is still high.

The report also reiterates NHS Derbyshire’s commitment to reducing the number of alcohol-related hospital admissions and promoting stop smoking services.

Dr Laurence said: “The report seeks to paint a picture of Derbyshire as a whole while also illustrating the diversity of individual communities.

“Responsibility for overseeing public health is moving back to local authorities, so this report sets the blueprint for how everyone involved in the future design of local health can work together to better shape services in order that everyone in Derbyshire can lead healthy, safe, prosperous and fulfilled lives.”

The report contains region specific ‘life course’ charts, plotting some of the most important things impacting on people’s health, including birth weight and the number of older people being cared for at home.

Each section concludes with a summary of ongoing work used to tackle major health priorities, what more could be done and tables illustrating area-specific health challenges.

The report can be viewed online at www.derbyshirecounty.nhs.uk under the Publications section.