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About Brighton and Hove

Brighton is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city in East Sussex between the South Downs & the sea on England’s south coast. The city has a young population compared to the national average. One in six people is estimated to be from the lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender community.

  • The population is around 256,641.
  • 94% of residents are white.
  • 41% are aged 20-44 years old.
  • 18% have a life-limiting illness.
  • 60% are employed.
  • 1% live in nursing or residential homes.

Particular health and wellbeing needs in Brighton and Hove include:

  • Almost half of the population in the city has current or possible future health concerns linked to lifestyle issues;
  • Widening inequalities in life expectancy and cancer and circulatory disease mortality rates;
  • Significantly higher under 75 year cancer mortality rates than England and the South East;
  • Low cancer screening coverage;
  • High rates of sexually transmitted infections and HIV prevalence;
  • Teenage conception rates, whilst reducing, are higher than the South East;
  • High levels of mental health problems and a high suicide rate;
  • High estimated levels of domestic and sexual violence;
  • High levels of morbidity and mortality related to alcohol and drugs;
  • High estimated smoking prevalence;
  • Whilst childhood obesity rates are lower than nationally and falling, still more than one in seven 10-11 year olds are obese;
  • Large numbers of people with long term conditions;
  • Significant needs of those with physical disabilities, learning disabilities and autism - both adults and children;  

The health of people in Brighton and Hove is generally worse than the England average. Life expectancy in men, infant deaths and early deaths from cancer are worse than the England average. Men from the most deprived areas can expect to live 7 years less than those in the least deprived areas, and women 4 years less.

Gypsy and Travellers
The Census has not previously recorded gypsies and travellers as a separate group but will do so for the first time in 2011. A recent study by Friends Families and Travellers (2010) gave an estimated 103 babies, children and young people up to the age of 16 in the city. Brighton and Hove does not have a permanent site and has one temporary site where families can stay for one to three months depending on health issues.

In Brighton and Hove there approximately are:

  • 48 GP practices
  • 55 dental practices
  • 60 pharmacies
  • 24 contracts with opticians for NHS services
  • 6 hospitals

Useful Documents on Brighton and Hove health:

Health profile of Brighton and Hove (2011)
Health Profile of Brighton and Hove (2010)
Joint Strategic Needs Assessment Summary 2010
Health Profile of Brighton and Hove (2008)
Annual Report of the Director of Public Health for 2010: Annual Report (large file, over 100 pages) of the Director of Public Health for 2009
The Primary Care Trust (PCT) guide to local health services in Brighton & Hove

Information on South East

Health profile of the South East 2009/10
South East Coast Operating Framework

More information on health and social care regulators.


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