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Excess Winter Deaths

Key findings (Update 2017/18 - published July 2019)

  • Published data (provisional data) for 2017/18 showed an increase in Excess Winter Deaths both nationally, regionally and locally compared to 2016/17.

  • Wirral (23.5%) had a lower Excess Winter Mortality Rate (EWMI) than the North West (30.8%) and England and Wales (30.3%) in 2017/18. This was an increase on 2016/17, when the Wirral EWMI was 17.3%

  • Published data for 2017/18 showed an increase in Excess Winter Deaths both nationally, regionally and locally compared to 2016/17.

  • In Wirral, males (18.2%) had lower EWMI than females (28.5%). This replicated the trend in England & Wales, with females (33.6%) having a higher EWMI than males (26.8%)

  • Females aged 85+ (37%) had the highest EWMI in Wirral. The second highest was again in females aged 75-84, followed by males aged 85+ (35% and 32% respectively)

  • In England & Wales, 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.

  • South Wirral Locality (38%) had the highest EWMI of the four Wirral Localities, followed by Birkenhead (34%)

  • Of the main causes of death groupings, respiratory disease had the highest EWMI for Wirral (73%) and England & Wales (85%)

  • 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

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