South Norfolk residents are above-average health, says NHS profile

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People in south Norfolk are healthier than the average English citizen, according to newly-released annual studies conducted by the NHS.

The latest batch of Public Health Profiles, published earlier this month, revealed that the district is in the top 50 per cent, and for some instances the top 25 per cent, in the country for figures relating to hospital admissions, recorded ailments and frequently-identified lifestyle issues in adults and children.

South Norfolk also exceeded the national average for life expectancy, with 81.3 years and 84.3 years for men and women in the district respectively.

However, the area was shown to have an inequality gap for life expectancy of 3.1 years between men living in the most deprived and least deprived locations, and statistics indicate that 11.9 per cent (2,500) of south Norfolk children still live in poverty, despite deprivation being overall lower than the national average.

The one major ‘black spot’ in south Norfolk is the number of fatalities and serious injuries on roads, for which 62 cases were logged in the area over the last year.

Oliver Cruickshank, spokesman for South Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “From our point of view, the report is very timely because it is in line with our recent strategies and it outlines some of the challenges we have faced as well.

“We are looking at a number of areas, particularly young people, and we are working to help fill the gaps in health and social care for older people as well.”

Mr Cruickshank added that the CCG is placing a large focus on reducing the spike in illness and death caused during colder winter months.

The new profiles also indicated that health in Breckland is overall on par with the national average. While deprivation is generally lower, 16.2 per cent (3,600) of children live in poverty and the gap in life expectancy between men and women living in the most and least deprived areas is 4.2 years and three years, respectively.