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About 1 in 5 smoke while pregnant

Bucks Healthcare NHS Trust are launching a new scheme during which they will conduct carbon monoxide testing on pregnant women. Picture by Mahalie Stackpole.

Bucks Healthcare NHS Trust are launching a new scheme during which they will conduct carbon monoxide testing on pregnant women. Picture by Mahalie Stackpole.

Almost one in five pregnant women in Warwickshire are still smoking at the time they give birth in hospital, the results of the latest public health report show.

And around a quarter of households in Warwick district are classed as living in fuel poverty, according to the report by the county’s director of public health, Dr John Linnane.

Cases of tuberculosis in Warwick district have gone up to ten per 100,000 in 2012 from eight per 100,000 in 2011, while they have gone down in Stratford district from seven to five.

Most five-year-olds in both districts are taking their routine vaccinations to protect them from various illnesses, but there are still areas where up to five per cent of the population under five are not.

Only 14 per cent of the Warwick district population were tested for chlamydia in 2012 and eight per cent were tested positive. In Stratford district, the figures were very similar.

Between September 2013 and January 2014 in south Warwickshire, 77.4 per cent of people aged 65 or over, 59.4 per cent of those deemed clinically at risk, 47.7 per cent of pregnant women, 55.8 per cent of two-year-olds and 49.9 per cent of three-year-olds took a flu vaccination.

Across the county, teenage pregnancy rates have fallen compared to the previous year, while there were significantly fewer outbreaks of norovirus - often known as the ‘vomiting bug’ - over the winter of 2013 to 2014.

Dr Linnane said: “This report doesn’t just look at the direct health outcomes, but also at wider issues in society which have a direct impact on healthy lifestyles such as fuel poverty which can lead to poor health.

“This year we are also looking at the range of public services which have a direct role to play in protecting the health of our population in Warwickshire from infectious diseases and environmental hazards, such as environmental health, trading standards, social care and the voluntary sector.”

To see the full report, visit http://publichealth.warwickshire.gov.uk/annual-report

 

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