People in Matlock live longer

A snapshot of health in Matlock and the Derbyshire Dales shows people are living longer and smoking less.

Figures published by the Association of Public Health Observatories show that on average men live 80.1 years and women 83.6 years – a few years longer than the national average.

The number of smokers in the area is also less than the national average, with 18.1 per cent of adults smoking compared to a national average of 21.2 per cent.

But the number of women smoking during pregnancy remains slightly high at 16 per cent. The number of individuals with skin cancer is also significantly higher than the average in England.

Now health bosses at NHS Derbyshire say they will use the information to help decide where improvements to health can be made.

Dr Bruce Laurence, acting director of public health, said: “Every day we are challenged to use our skills and resources to make a real difference to the lives of thousands of people living in and around Matlock.

“These summaries provide us with an invaluable snapshot of the health of people in the region, and we are delighted to have made clear improvements in changing people’s lives for the better.

“There is no room for complacency, and we will carry on working with our partners to tackle key health issues in the area including obesity and alcohol misuse.

“Although fewer people in the area live in poverty compared to other parts of the country, social deprivation is a very real concern so we will be doing everything possible to improve the quality of their life through better health.”

The Association of Public Health Observatories’ report highlights that 0.5 per cent of children up to the age of 12 suffered from tooth decay. Poor dental health is a strong marker of social deprivation, and there are 1,295 children living in low-income families in the area.

The reports are published online at http://www.apho.org.uk