Health in Greenwich
Greenwich is a vibrant and fascinating borough with a rich history and diverse population.
We can be proud that as Greenwich residents we live in an historic borough, which is home to internationally recognised monuments and buildings including the Royal Observatory, the Royal Naval Palace and the Cutty Sark, which attract hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.
In Greenwich, like many other areas nationally, we have a growing and ageing population with growing health and care needs – with people living longer but often with one or several long term conditions.
NHS Greenwich CCG engages and works with local residents to reduce main causes of ill health in the borough and health inequalities. However, we have challenges - with high levels of deprivation, inequalities and unemployment.
According to the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment for Greenwich, the major causes of death in Greenwich are cancer and cardiovascular diseases, especially heart attacks and strokes, although overall death rates from these causes are improving, meaning that less people are dying prematurely from these diseases.
Respiratory diseases, including Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder, are the next biggest cause of preventable deaths in the borough. The biggest burden on morbidity (poor health) is mental ill health, followed by musculoskeletal health conditions such as back pain, arthritis and other joint conditions.
Summary of status of key health outcomes and their determinants in Greenwich
The diagram above provides a summary of some of the main areas in which health is poorest in the Greenwich and some of the associated factors, such as poverty and obesity. It shows where improvements are being seen (for example, in early deaths from cardiovascular diseases). It also shows outcomes where the burden of poor health is significant but lower and where improvements are being seen (such as TB rates).