Why is it a priority? Liver disease is the only cause of death that is increasing in England. Harmful drinking (over 14 units per week) increases the risk of liver cirrhosis threefold, and also increases the risk of hypertension. Hazardous drinkers (more than 50 units for men, and 35 for women per week) are seven … Continued

Why is it a priority? Nearly a quarter of the total burden of disease in the UK is due to mental disorder. It is estimated that around 28,000 Greenwich residents have a common mental illness such as depression or anxiety, of whom 75% will be receiving no treatment. Prevalence is higher among those with a … Continued

Why is it a priority? Coronary Heart Disease (CHD), which includes heart attacks and other heart problems or heart failure and stroke are two significant causes of premature death and disability in people. They are, however, often preventable, and can be reduced significantly by systematic evidence based management in primary care. There are up to … Continued

Why is it a priority? Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the name for a collection of lung diseases including chronic bronchitis, emphysema and chronic obstructive airways disease, 80-90% of which is caused by smoking (around 25% of smokers will develop COPD). Greenwich residents are nine times more likely to die of COPD compared to … Continued

Why is it a priority? Diabetes is a long term condition that affects an estimated 15,464 (7.8%) people in Greenwich and is linked to complications including retinopathy, kidney disease, amputation and cardiovascular disease. On average at age 55, the life expectancy of people with type 2 diabetes is 5 to 7 years less than for … Continued

Why is it a priority? Every year about 900 people will be newly diagnosed with cancer in Greenwich. We know that our borough has higher cancer rates than London and boroughs with similar levels of deprivation. We have the 6th highest rates out of the 32 London NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) areas. There are … Continued