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Welcome to the West Mid Beds locality profile page. Here you can find in-depth information about the locality, including facts and figures on population, diversity, life expectancy, health inequalities, health behaviours, and variations between GP practices.

Key facts in West Mid Beds’s report

Children and young people: 

• Some West Mid Beds GP practices are significantly higher than the Bedfordshire CCG average for emergency admissions for respiratory conditions. A recent study found that living in a smoking household significantly increases second hand smoke exposure, risk of several serious health conditions including asthma, and risk of future smoking in children
• In Year 10 children (14-15 years old) 4% of girls and 1% of boys in Central Bedfordshire said they smoked 1 to 6 cigarettes per week and 6% of girls and 4% of boys said they smoked more. 7% were exposed to tobacco smoke at home and 12% were exposed to tobacco smoke in the car. Health professionals should promote the Smokefree Homes and Cars programme that was re-launched in June 2014
• It is estimated that 300 children aged 5-10 and 475 aged 11-16 in West Mid Beds have a mental illness. Mental illness is more prevalent in boys than girls
• Some GP practices had rates of breastfeeding which were significantly below the Bedfordshire CCG average. Whilst breastfeeding support needs to be available to all women antenatally and postnatally, additional support is required for the mothers least likely to breastfeed including those from more deprived areas and teenage mothers
• West Mid Beds did not achieve the childhood vaccination target for measles, mumps and rubella at five years old. Some GP practices did not achieve certain targets for two and five year olds GP practices should work with the local public health team, Public Health England and NHS England to improve uptake of childhood immunisations


Adults and older people:

• In West Mid Beds there are 4,520 people over 75 years old (7.7% of total population) and 1,212 (2.1%) over 85 years old. Extrapolating, we project an increase 450 over 75s from 2013 to 2017. With the growth in the number of older people in the community, prevention and self-management are important priorities for health and social care teams
• Of the 4,520 over 75s in West Mid Beds, just over 2,000 are estimated to live alone. Social isolation and loneliness are increasingly being linked to poor physical and mental health. Joined-up working between social care and health is needed to identify this cohort and address social isolation, prevent mental health problems and manage long-term conditions
• Emergency admissions for Ambulatory Care Sensitive conditions can be reduced with effective community and primary health care. In 2013/14 there were 131 spells for influenza and pneumonia, 46 for congestive cardiac failure and 66 for COPD, at a total cost of £800k for all three conditions
• Currently West Mid Beds is not meeting the 75% target for flu immunisation in the over 65s. Practices need to focus on patients ‘who do not attend’ and to continue to recall patients to get vaccinated. Carers also need to be provided with information to receive the vaccination. West Mid Beds should work closely NHS England and Public Health department to implement national and local guidance
• There are an estimated 670 people living with dementia in West Mid Beds. GP practices should review their dementia registers and compare with the predicted prevalence to quantify unmet need. Identifying and diagnosing dementia ensures that patients and their carers can access the appropriate care and support

For the 2014 locality profile (2013 data) click here. 

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