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Ribble Valley Borough Council

Health Statistics

Ribble Valley Health Profile 2010

Ribble Valley Health Profile 2010

In summary

For Ribble Valley, 21 out of 32 indicators were significantly better than the national average, with three indicators reported as being significantly worse than the national average.

Men can expect to live 79.2 years in Ribble Valley - an increase of 0.4 years compared with the 2009 figure. This is significantly better than the national average. Female life expectancy is 83.4 years. For women this is also significantly longer than the national average.

It is estimated that 26.1% of adults in Ribble Valley binge drink, which is significantly worse than the national average. In addition, the number of hospital stays related to alcohol has increased dramatically over the years, as in all areas across the country, rising from 126.8 in 2007  to 1,270 per 100,000 population. However, this remains significantly lower than the national average.

Best and worst health indicators (comparing 2010 to 2009)

Community-related indicators remain significantly better than the national average. These include indicators for income deprivation which remains at 0%, homelessness which has fallen from 0.6 to 0.53 per 1,000 households, and carbon emissions which have dropped from 10.3 to 9.5 tonnes CO2 per resident. GCSE achievement (five grades A*-C) has  risen from 66.6% to 68.8%, but remains well above national average.

When looking at adult health and lifestyle, the picture is generally good. The number of adults who smoke has fallen to from 17.9 to 15.9%, compared with the national average of 22.2%. In addition, the number of physically active adults has increased by over 0.1%, and is significantly better than the national average.

Indicators relating to disease and poor health also reveal a positive outlook for the borough. The number of drugs misuse cases has fallen from 5.7 per 1,000 population. However, the number of people being diagnosed with diabetes has risen by 0.14% in the last year. Despite this, rates remain significantly better than national average.

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 and stroke have decreased compared with last year, as have deaths from smoking. However, the number of deaths from cancer has risen.  The number of infant deaths has remained at 1.0 per 1,000 live births.  However, the number of road injuries and deaths has increased significantly, rising from 80.7 to 86.9 per 100,000 population. This indicator is now significantly worse than the average for England.

The teenage pregnancy rate (under 18) has increased for the fourth year in a row, now standing at 24.6 per 1,000 females.  However, this remains significantly better than the national average.

A number of indicators relating to children's health have shown some poor results in the borough, with 18.3% of mothers smoking during pregnancy compared with the national average of 14.6%. Furthermore, the percentage of mothers initiating breast feeding remains significantly worse than the national average, despite an increase of 6.4% in the last year.

54.1% of children receive 3 hours or more of school sports activities per week (not comparable to previous years), which is better than the national average. In addition, the number of obese children has fallen by 1.1% in the last year.

The full Health Profile for Ribble Valley for 2010