EMERGENCY ADMISSIONS DECREASING SAYS NEW HEALTH REPORT
Emergency admissions are decreasing and far fewer older people are being admitted to long term residential and nursing home placements.
A “refreshed” health and well being report due to be considered by Lambeth council’s cabinet next Monday also says Lambeth’s admission avoidance schemes are now fully rolled out across the borough providing services to those requiring high level support to prevent them going into hospital or care home or to get them discharged home sooner.
Lifer expectancy at birth also continues to improve – in Lambeth it is· 78.9 years for males and 83.3 years for females.
But the report cautions that although life expectancy has increased overall in Lambeth, not everyone benefits to the same level, with significant variation across different wards.
Poverty: there are high levels of child poverty (27.39pc of children under 20 years are income· deprived) Homelessness: 3.7 in 1000 families in Lambeth are homeless· Child protection: 358 children subject to a child protection plan· Deprivation: 36.7pc of the population live in the 20pc most deprived areas in Lambeth;· income deprivation affects 33pc of older people
Employment: 24 out of 1000 working age residents in Lambeth are long-term unemployed· Carers: 2,785 people over 65 provide unpaid care, projected to rise to 3,041 by 2020·
Other points from the report:
Health: Lambeth has 305 deaths per 100,000 population that are related to smoking; 21.2 per cent of Lambeth residents are drinking at increasing or higher risk levels; Total population aged 65 and over predicted to have diabetes: 3,049 in 2015, rising to 3,351 in 2020; flu immunisations for people aged 65+ is 67.4pc, lower than England’s 72.4pc.
Child health: there are higher levels of hospital admissions for asthma, diabetes, epilepsy;· and higher levels of A&E (accident and emergency) attendances for 0-4 year olds
Mental health: Lambeth has one of the highest levels of mental illness in England. In· 2013/14, 1.3pc of all patients in GP practices in Lambeth were on the serious mental illness register. The English average is 0.85pc. The rate of premature mortality in adults with serious mental illness is significantly lower in Lambeth at 691 per 100,000 compared to England (1319 per 100,000) Disability: 97.8 out of 1000 people in pensionable age receive DLA (Disability Living Allowance); 725 people over 65· incurred injuries due to falls
A Food Flagship borough – supporting work to tackle childhood obesity: Over a five year period Lambeth was the only borough in the whole of England that had a significant reduction in levels of childhood obesity both at Reception and Year 6.
In 2014, Lambeth was awarded ‘Food Flagship’ borough status in recognition of the extensive work that was already taking place in the borough around partnership and food, childhood obesity and engagement with our local community and partners.
Sexual Health: Lambeth has worked closely with partners including Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust and King’s College NHS Trust to develop a new way of delivering sexual health services for Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham, says the report.
The aim is to improve sexual health in the three boroughs by providing more holistic, user centred sexual health services that are modern and easy to access.
The work has already delivered new digital and clinic services and includes: Increased access to sexual health services including diagnosis and management of sexually· transmitted infections and contraception; supporting people to better self-manage their own sexual health; better access to information, risk assessment, sexual health promotion, testing and treatment for all including people at high risk who may find it difficult to access existing services.
‘This Girl Can Lambeth’ campaign. The programme aims to provide and tailor activities for women and girls aged 14-25, a group that have low levels of participation in Lambeth. In partnership with London South Bank University, the long term health improvement and secondary outcomes of participants will be measured over a three year period.