Health of people in Neston 2016

Cheshire West & Chester Council have published a Compendium of Health and Wellbeing Statistics. Copies are in Neston Library. An electronic version can be found via here. A few extracts relating to the Neston area are below.

In Section 1, Demography and Life Expectancy, table 1j, we learn that in Parkgate ward, females born now are expected to live on average 89.5 years (the highest for all wards in CWaC): the comparable figure for Neston ward is 81.4, for Little Neston & Burton 83.7, and for Willaston & Thornton 85.2. Parkgate males can expect to live to 83.0, those in Neston to 78.1, in Little Neston & Burton 80.8, and in Willaston & Thornton 82.3.

Table 1k shows that the General Fertility Rate (live births per 1,000 women aged 15 – 44) in CWaC increased from 51.8 in 2002 to 59.6 in 2015, while the percentage of births not in marriage decreased from 58.5% to 49.5%.

In Section 2, Wider determinants of health, table 2b tells us that in Parkgate 4.6% of children are living in poverty: the figure for Neston is 20.4%, for Little Neston & Burton 7.4%, and for Willaston & Thornton 4.8%.

In Section 3, Health Improvement, table 3a shows that the rate of under 18 pregnancies has gone down in line with the whole of England, from over 40 per 1,000 to under 20.

In Section 4, Health protection, table 4a shows how many children have been vaccinated. In all cases the proportion in CWaC is higher than for England as a whole, with 97.7% of children having the vaccine for diphtheria, tetanus, polio, pertussis and haemophilus influenza.

In Section 5, Healthcare and preventing premature mortality, table 5e shows that the directly standardised rate of mortality from circulatory disease was 158.9 for people in the 20% most deprived areas, compared with 44.4 for people in the 20% least deprived areas.

Of course, statistics should be taken with a pinch of salt. They are averages. We can each help our chances of good health by not using too much salt (or tobacco, alcohol, sugar, fat, or food in general) and by taking plenty of fruit, vegetables and exercise.