Excess Winter Deaths

Key findings (Update 2018/19 - published April 2020)

  • Published data for 2018/19 showed a decrease in Excess Winter Deaths both nationally, regionally and locally compared to 2017/18.

  • Wirral (17.1%) had a higher Excess Winter Mortality Rate (EWMI) than the North West (13.2%) and England (14.2%) in 2018/19. This was a decrease compared to 2017/18 however, when the Wirral EWMI was 23.5%

  • In Wirral, males (15.4%) had a lower EWMI than females (18.5%). This replicated the trend in England, where males also had a lower EWMI (13.2%) than females (15.3%) in 2018/19

  • When split by age and gender, females aged 90+ (41%) had the highest EWMI in Wirral. The second highest EWDI was in males aged 84-89, followed by males aged 90+ (37% and 22% respectively)

  • Overall, Wirral’s Females were 17% higher than the England’s Female EWMI

  • In England, the EWMI for Respiratory diseases, Circulatory diseases and Dementia & Alzheimer’s more than doubled between 2015/16 and 2017/18 and overall, the EWMI rose for Wirral during the same time period. In 2018/19 however, all three diseases decreased in both England and for Wirral.

  • South Wirral Locality (32.5%) had the highest EWMI of the four Wirral Localities, followed by West Wirral (18.8%)

  • Of the main causes of death groupings, respiratory disease had the highest EWMI for both Wirral (45.7%) and England (48.2%)

  • There are many different factors which impact on Excess Winter Deaths. Environmental, social and personal factors such as deprivation, age, gender, housing status and thermal efficiency of the home all have an impact

Access full Excess Winter Deaths (2018/19) report (based on provisional data)