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Key population characteristics of Southwark

Characteristic*   Southwark England average
 Population size  283,000  -
 Percentage of the population living in urban areas  100%  73%
 Life expectancy at birth 2006/08, Male  77 years  78 years
 Life expectancy at birth 2006/08, Female  82 years  82 years
 Level of deprivation  very high  -

Based on key characteristics such as demographic structure, employment and industry sector, the PCT areas most similar to yours are: Lambeth, Lewisham, City and Hackney and Haringey.


  • Southwark had the sixth lowest uptake of the first dose of the MMR vaccine by five years of age and the ninth lowest uptake of the second dose in the country in 2008/09. The area also had the eighth highest rate of measles cases in the country for 2006/08, which may be due to the low vaccine uptake over the past few years. Measles is preventable through vaccination with two doses of the MMR vaccine and uptake needs to be improved to at least 95% so that person to person spread can be stopped and children who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons are protected. To find out more about the vaccine please visit: [external link].
  • The area also had the eighth lowest uptake of all three doses of the HPV (Human Papillomavirus) vaccine in 12 - 13 year old girls in 2008/09. This vaccine is offered to reduce the risk of acquiring the virus, which can cause cervical cancer. To find out more about the vaccine please visit: [external link].
  • The uptake of the pneumococcal vaccine in people aged 65 years and over from April 2004 to March 2008 was the fifth lowest in the country. The vaccine is offered to help prevent infection and reduce the spread of disease in people who are at greater risk of complications. To find out more about the vaccine please visit: [external link].
  • The rate of TB cases in Southwark (50 per 100,000) was higher than the national average for 2004/06 and was higher than the rate for the London region (44 per 100,000). This may be a reflection of the local population, which may have a high percentage of persons in at risk groups. For more information on the symptoms, causes and treatment of TB please visit: [external link]. 
  • Southwark had the fourth highest rate of Chlamydia diagnoses in 15 - 24 year olds in the country in 2008. Chlamydia is a preventable, treatable sexually transmitted infection and can be diagnosed with a quick kit. For more information about Chlamydia please visit: [external link].
  • The area has the second highest rate of people living with HIV in the country in 2007. This may be a reflection of the local population, which may have a high percentage of persons in at risk groups, such as men who have sex with men and people who have recently emigrated from countries with high rates of HIV. For information on testing, treatment and prevention please visit: [external link].

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  • The map profile displays just one indicator at a time but for all areas so you can see how your area compares to another.


Single Map - PCT 

Primary Care Trust - single map

LA Map

Single Map - LA 

Local Authority - single map

Maternity Unit Map

Percentage of women accepting antenatal Hepatitis B test 2007 

Maternity Unit - single map

  • The area profile shows you the values and relative ranking for all indicators in one particular area. This allows you to identify in which categories your area is higher or lower than the national average.


PCT area profile

Primary Care Trust - area profile

LA Map

LA area profile

Local Authority - area profile

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Population: ONS mid 2008 PCT population estimates
Area classification: ONS 2001 area classification
Life expectancy: ONS life expectancy at birth 2006-08
Deprivation: Index of multiple deprivation 2007
Similar PCTs: ONS 2001 area classification: corresponding health areas