Grim picture of town’s health

Picture of alcohol drinker and smoker posed by model
Picture of alcohol drinker and smoker posed by model

A new study has painted a grim picture of health in Chesterfield – with high rates of obesity, smoking, alcohol and drugs misuse.

NHS bosses have vowed to tackle the challenges as data released this month shows health problems in Chesterfield are increasing.

The 2012 public health profile, published by the Association of Public Health Observatories, measures how Chesterfield compares to the rest of England in 32 key areas, from deprivation, cancer and child poverty.

Chesterfield fared significantly worse than the national average in 15 key health areas, five more than in 2011.

For the first time the health profile revealed there were 21 people under the age of 18 admitted to hospital because of drink problems.

Over 3,000 people were admitted to hospital because of alcohol abuse, compared to the national average of 1,895, and the number of people diagnosed with diabetes continues to rise from 6,156 to 6,385.

Dr Ben Milton, chair of NHS North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Obesity, alcohol, smoking and diabetes are among the biggest health challenges we face, so reducing smoking and harmful alcohol consumption, and improving diet and exercise is critical if we are to reduce the impact of serious illnesses on people’s lives.”

In areas of NE Derbyshire such as Clay Cross, Eckington and Kilamarsh health was comparatively good, with the area better than the national average in 13 key areas including men’s live expectancy and the amount of early deaths from heart disease, stroke and cancer.