Report shows bad tooth decay

BROXTOWE has been revealed as one of the worst areas in the country for the number of children suffering from tooth decay, according to figures released last week.

The report published by the NHS last week also showed that GCSE grades in the borough are ‘significantly worse’ than the national average.

Educational standards were included in the Broxtowe Health Profile because experts believe there is a link between poor health and low exam results.

But despite the concerns over oral hygiene, the report showed Broxtowe was better than the national average in many other areas including poverty, homelessness, drugs, violent crime and unemployment.

The report showed 2,935 children lived in poverty, although this was better than the national average.

Worrying figures also show almost one-in-five schoolchildren in year six – aged 10 and 11 – are obese, although this is not much different to the figures nationally.

But it revealed over 54 per cent of children spend at least three hours a week on sport and over the last ten years death rates have fallen, including those from cancer and strokes.

Life expectancy for men is higher than the national average – with most living until they are 79 – and life expectancy in women is in line with the national average, with most living until around the age of 82.

Health Profiles are released each year by the Department of Health and give a health summary of local authority areas in England.

They are used by the local NHS to help them understand a community’s needs, so that they can work to improve people’s health and reduce health inequalities.

Dr Kelvin Lim, a clinical lead at Nottinghamshire Primary Care Trust, said: “We are committed to improving the health and wellbeing for local people.

“We are pleased that we are seeing fewer deaths from heart disease and stroke, and that less people are smoking.

“However, there is still work to do and reducing health inequalities remains a priority.

“We’re keen to promote healthy lifestyle choices such as healthy eating and reducing alcohol consumption, otherwise these can lead to poor health and early death.”

Broxtowe’s full health profile can be viewed at www.apho.org.uk.