Health profile: Kettering

Alcohol-related hospital stays and violence are issues for Kettering people
Alcohol-related hospital stays and violence are issues for Kettering people

The health of people in the borough of Kettering is varied when compared with the national average, although there are some key areas of concern.

In the past Kettering has been identified as the most “average” town in the country for its demographics, opinions and other factors.

Although deprivation is lower than average, about 3,100 children live in poverty. This represents 16.3 per cent of children under 16.

Life expectancy for both men and women is similar to the England average. The average life expecancy for men is exactly the same as the national average at 79.2 per cent.

For women it is 82.7 per cent, just slightly lower than the average.

There are still big differences in life expectancy across the borough.

It is 7.5 years lower for men and 5.5 years lower for women in the most deprived areas of Kettering than in the least deprived areas.

One in five children (19.1 per cent) are obese by the time they reach year six. This represents 189 youngsters.

Levels of GCSE attainment and smoking at time of delivery are worse than the England average.

At the time the report was compiled, 22.3 per cent of adults were classified as obese.

The rate of alcohol-related hospital stays was higher than the national average and represents around 617 stays per year.

The number of hospital stays required by people who self harm was also higher than the national average at 211 per year.

The high rate of smoking deaths represented the loss of 152 lives per year.

The rate of sexually transmitted infections is worse in Kettering than average, as is the rate of violent crime.

The profile says the rate is 12.8 per 100,000 people, which compares with the national average of 10.6 and represents 1,199 incidents.

Rates of statutory homelessness and drug misuse are better than average.

Local priorities include breastfeeding, reducing childhood obesity and reducing hospital admissions for injuries in children.

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