Health in Greenwich
Greenwich is an ethnically diverse inner London borough with a mobile population that is currently estimated at 254,600 and is predicted to increase by 13 per cent over the next five years. We are also predicting that our local birth rate will increase by 11 per cent between 2011 to 2016 – the largest increase in south east London.
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. However, we also have challenges - with high levels of deprivation, inequalities and unemployment. Greenwich is the 19th most deprived local authority in England out of 326.
Greenwich residents are living longer than they did 10 years ago. The latest available data (2008-10) show that male life expectancy in Greenwich is now nearly 77 years and female life expectancy is nearly 82 years. However, both men and women in Greenwich have shorter lives on average than in England but in men there has recently been a rapid increase in life expectancy which is beginning to close this gap.
Recent successes that have helped Greenwich residents live longer, healthier lives include:
- Initiatives to improve the diagnosis and management of diabetes and cardio-vascular disease in primary care.
- Greenwich NHS Health Checks Plus which have already offered health checks to over 45,000 residents aged between 40-74.
- Stop Smoking services in Greenwich have improved from the bottom third in the country for smoking quit rates to the top third.
- Tobacco control, which takes a broader view of reduction in smoking by targeting schools, illegal sales and takes a partnership approach has seen a rapid fall in the prevalence of smokers in Greenwich from over 25 per cent to 18 per cent between 2009 and 2012.