​Health in Greenwich

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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

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The diagram provides a summary of some of the main areas in which health is poorest in the Borough and some of the associated factors (such as poverty and obesity) when compared with England. It shows where improvements are being seen (for example, in early deaths from cardiovascular diseases), as well as where outcomes are getting worse (such as life expectancy).

It also shows improvements in outcomes where the impact affects small numbers of the population (such as late HIV diagnosis) versus impact on large numbers (e.g. under 75s deaths from cancer).