New report on state of High Peak’s health

The number of alcohol-related hospital stays among those under the age of 18 in the High Peak are almost twice the England average, according to a new report.

The Public Health England study revealed around 23 under-18s a year in the High Peak are undergoing alcohol-specific hospital stays, significantly more than the average across the country.

Levels of breastfeeding and smoking in pregnancy are also worse than the England average, the report found.

But the borough fared much better on a number of other indicators, including the rates of statutory homelessness, violent crime and drug misuse, which are all better than average.

In Derbyshire, levels of deprivation and child poverty are below the national average and the county’s residents enjoy better health than those who live in other parts of the country.

The study will help Derbyshire County Council, who took over responsibility for public health this year, monitor the success of public health campaigns and plan new steps to improve the health and wellbeing of local people.

Cabinet Member for Health and Communities Cllr Dave Allen said: “While it’s good news that Derbyshire is a healthy place to live and work, we are going to do even more to tackle the areas that need attention.”