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Ribble Valley Borough Council

Health Statistics

Ribble Valley Health Profile 2009

Ribble Valley Health Profile 2009

For Ribble Valley, 19 out of 32 indicators were significantly better than the national average, with five indicators reported as being significantly worse than the national average.

Men can expect to live 78.8 years in Ribble Valley - an increase of over a year compared with the 2008 figure. This is significantly better than the national average, and higher than the North West average. Female life expectancy is 82.8 years. For women this is longer than both the national and regional average.

It is estimated that 21.2% of adults in Ribble Valley binge drink, which is significantly worse than both the national and regional averages. In addition, the number of hospital stays related to alcohol has increased dramatically over the last year, as in all areas across the country, rising from 191.8 to 1,187.1 per 100,000 population. However, this remains much lower than both the regional and national averages.

Best and worst health indicators (in addition to life expectancy and alcohol)

Community-related indicators remain significantly better than the national and regional averages. These include indicators for income deprivation which remains at 0%, homelessness which has fallen from 1.6 to 0.6 per 1,000 households, and carbon emissions which have dropped from 11.9 to 10.3 tonnes CO2 per resident. GCSE achievement (five grades A*-C) has  fallen from 75.5% to 66.6%, but remains well above national and regional averages.

When looking at adult health and lifestyle, the picture is generally good. The number of adults who smoke remains at 17.9%, compared with the national average of 24.1%. In addition, the number of physically active adults has increased by 1% over the last year, and is significantly better than the North West and England averages.

Indicators relating to disease and poor health also reveal a positive outlook for the borough. The number of drugs misuse cases has fallen from 7.2 to 5.7 per 1,000 population. However, the number of people being diagnosed with diabetes has risen by 0.5% in the last year. Despite this, rates remain significantly better than national and regional averages.

When looking at life expectancy and causes of death, the borough performs generally better than its neighbours and the nation as a whole. Early deaths from heart disease, stroke and cancer have decreased compared with last year, as have deaths from smoking. The number of infant deaths has also dropped from 4.7 to 2.0 per 1,000 live births. However, the number of road injuries and deaths has increased significantly, rising from 65.0 to 80.7 per 100,000 population. This indicator is now significantly worse than the averages for the North West and England .

The teenage pregnancy rate (under 18) has increased for the third year in a row, now standing at 22.0 per 1,000 females. However, this remains significantly better than the national and regional averages.

A number of indicators relating to children's health have shown some poor results in the borough, with 19.4% of mothers smoking during pregnancy compared with the national average of 14.7%. Furthermore, the percentage of mothers initiating breast feeding remains significantly worse than the national and regional averages, despite an increase of 1.4% in the last year.

The number of children receiving 2 hours or more of school sports activities per week has risen to 84.6%, but this remains well below regional and national averages. In addition, the number of obese children has risen by 1% in the last year.

View Ribble Valley Health Profile 2009 in full