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Chester (1)

People in Cheshire are living longer, with a growing proportion of people aged 65 or over.

However, more people than ever are also living with multiple health conditions with many health conditions linked to people’s lifestyle choices and personal circumstances:

  • Smoking – Smoking prevalence is higher than the national average in Cheshire East.
  • Alcohol – The number of Cheshire 15-year-olds that have tried alcohol, are regular drinkers or have been drunk in the last four weeks is comparable to the national figures. Rates of alcohol-related admissions among under 18s are higher in Cheshire East.
  • Inactivity – 30% of adults across Cheshire are classed as physically inactive and 1 in 4 as overweight or obese. 1 in 5 children are classed as overweight or obese when they start primary school, 1 in 3 when they leave.
  • Loneliness – Feeling lonely is often linked to early deaths and increased risk of heart disease, stroke, depression, cognitive decline and Alzheimer's.

Pockets of deprivation mean there are also areas of significant health inequalities. Life expectancy is 11 years lower for men and 13 years lower for women in the most deprived areas of Cheshire East and 10 years lower for men and 8 years lower for women in the most deprived areas of Cheshire West.

Cheshire Facts and Figures

Population 767,494
Female life expectancy 83
Male life expectancy 80
People aged over 65 162,754
People aged over 85 21,394
People living in areas classed as "most deprived" 91,863
Alcohol-related hospital admissions 2,616
Depression 72,353
Dementia 7,364
Diabetes 42,241
Three or more long-term conditions 36,314
Cancer 28,496
Stroke 16,616
Heart disease 27,160

If Cheshire was a Village of 100 People

The people

Birth 1
Death 1
Children aged under 5 5
Children and young people aged 5-19 16
People aged 20-64 58
People aged 65-84 18
People aged 85 and over 3
Live in areas classed as "most deprived" 4

Their health

People with diabetes 7
People with cancer 4
People with heart disease 4
People with raised blood pressure 15
People with respiratory disease 8
People with depression 12
People who drink at levels described as binge drinking 12
People with dementia 1
People with severe mental illness 1

In one year our Cheshire Village of 100 would need

A&E attendances 30
Calls to 999 14
Care home admissions 1
Appointments in General Practice 410
Face-to-face appointments in General Practice 345
Telephone appointments in General Practice 65
Outpatient appointments 100
First appointments (outpatients) 35
Follow-up appointments (outpatients) 65
Emergency admissions 10