There are around one million people living in Berkshire and this figure is expected to rise by 20% by 2026. Our challenge is to provide healthcare for the whole population and at the same time reduce inequalities, such as the gap in life expectancy that exists between people living in different parts of Berkshire. The proportion of very old people is rising and this will increase demands on health services. About a fifth of local people have a long term condition such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and dementia.
Tackling problems like smoking, drinking too much alcohol, poor diet and lack of exercise is the key for us in reducing demands on the NHS.
Find out more in this section about how to establish a healthy lifestyle so you can start reaping the benefits today.