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Health Profile - Southampton

Smoking - cause for concern


32.4% of people smoke in Southampton, significantly higher than the national average.

Rates of death attributable to smoking, among people aged under 75 from heart disease, stroke and cancer are all higher than regional and national averages.

Teenage pregnancy - alarming statistics


The level of teenage pregancy is significant in Southampton, and is significantly higher than the national average.

Obesity - a familiar picture


The level of adult obesity in Southampton is broadly in line with the national average.

The local population - young and often deprived

Southampton high street

Southampton is the largest city in the South East region (outside London). It has a resident population of about 221,000, 7.6% of whom are from minority ethnic groups.

Around 16% of the population are under 15 years of age, 70% are between 15 and 64, and 14% are over 65.

Southampton has three wards in the most deprived 25% of England's population.

Poor health is linked with poverty and low educational achievement. Nearly 11,000 children live in low income households, and 47% of 15 year olds in Local Education Authority schools achieve less than 5 A*-C grades at GCSE.

Life Expectancy - in line with the country

Elderly woman

The life expectancy for men in 0.4 years shorter than the national average, while for women it is the same as the national average.

Circulatory diseases are the main cause of death for Southampton residents, accounting for 37% of all deaths.

Deaths from cancer continue to decline but remain higher than national levels.

Infant mortality rates are lower than the national average.

Information provided by NHS South Central.
Last updated: 15th February 2007

NHS South Central answer our questions on the state of public health in the region.

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NHS South Central

  • NHS South Central is responsible for the development of health services in the South Central area, on behalf of the Department of Health.
  • Its role is to make sure that services are fit for purpose, that quality and improvement targets are met and that NHS organisations in the region are providing good quality services to the local communities.

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