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Premature deaths remarkably low in Eastern Cheshire

Premature deaths remarkably low in Eastern Cheshire
18 June 2015

THE rate of premature deaths in Eastern Cheshire fell by more than 20 per cent in one year.

In fact, NHS Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has the second lowest rate of Potential Years of Lost Life (PYLL) of all CCGs nationally.

NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG is made up of 23 GP practices based in Alderley Edge, Bollington, Chelford, Congleton, Disley, Handforth, Holmes Chapel, Knutsford, Macclesfield, Poynton and Wilmslow, and is responsible for planning and buying healthcare services for more than 200,000 people.

PYLL is a summary measure of ‘premature deaths’ in a population i.e. deaths occurring in under 75s.

A decrease in the rate of PYLL indicates that the health of a population is improving – as is the case in Eastern Cheshire.

In September 2014, the CCG received information from the Office of National Statistics that it had achieved a 20.7 per cent reduction in PYLL.

And after considerable analysis the CCG has concluded that the results can be attributed to a number of factors.

Dr Julie Sin, public health medicine consultant for NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG and Cheshire East Council, said: “This is a very encouraging result and likely to reflect a number of contributing factors including having healthcare services in place when needed, and sustained take up of effective preventive measures.

“These efforts are leading to better population health and need to continue.

“We know main causes of earlier deaths in the area are due to cardiovascular disease, cancers and lung disease – and these are also the main areas covered by the PYLL indicator.

“All of these areas have improved, contributing to the overall reduction and the decrease is seen in both males and females.”

Key preventive actions to improve health include taking up opportunities to stop smoking, keeping alcohol to within sensible limits, eating a balanced diet and building regular physical activity, such as walking, into the daily routine.

Effective preventive opportunities to improve health also include taking up flu vaccination when invited, as well as health checks – such as screening for bowel, breast and cervical cancers and NHS Health Checks – which include a blood pressure test.

Dr Paul Bowen, chair of NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG and GP with McIlvride Medical Practice, Poynton, said: “This PYLL score is nothing short of remarkable and is testament to the hard work being done by all healthcare practitioners across Eastern Cheshire.

“Eastern Cheshire is a great place to live for so many reasons but now we can add one more to the very extensive list – people live longer here than almost anywhere else.

“However, we never rest on our laurels and will use this success as a springboard to further increase the longevity of all of our residents.”

Residents in Eastern Cheshire who would like advice on giving up smoking should visit, which is commissioned by Cheshire East Council.

Head of Kickstart, Paul Jackson, said: “Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in England and is one of the most significant factors that impacts upon health inequalities and ill health, particularly cancer, coronary heart disease and respiratory disease. 

“It is great to see the PYLL measure for Eastern Cheshire fall so dramatically, and I’m sure the thousands of ex-smokers in Eastern Cheshire, supported by Kickstart, have played their part in this.”

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