Strathearn and Strathallan- Health and Wellbeing

Health and Wellbeing

Strathearn and Strathallan has some of the best health outcomes in Scotland; however, It is important to recognise that health outcomes vary across the locality. Health Services are delivered by NHS Tayside and the Health and Social Care Partnership. There are 2 community hospitals Crieff Community Hospital and St Margaret’s Hospital in Auchterarder.

Key Health Statistics

Health Indicator (per 100,000 population)Year(s)Perth and KinrossScotlandStrathearn and Strathallan
Early deaths from CHD (Coronary Heart Disease)(<75 years of age)
Early Deaths from Cancer 2012-14123.2154.7136.1
Alcohol relates Hospital stays2012/15401.5671.7474.9
Deaths from Alcohol Conditions 2010-201419.623.114.5
Drug related hospital stays 2012/13-2014/1580.612255.3
Patients registered with cancer2011-13574.9634567.5
Patients hospitalised with COPD2011-13466660439.6
Emergency Admissions 2011-13680075006637.4
Population prescribed drugs for anxiety/depression/psychosis (Percentage)

Strathearn and Strathallan enjoy better health outcomes than the rest of Perth and Kinross and Scotland. There is, however, inequality in health outcomes within the different neighbourhoods of the locality.

Premature Mortality for adults aged 15-44 per 100,000 population was recorded as 46.4, compared to 100.5 in Scotland, in 2012-14. It is worth noting that mortality rates for this age group were 2 and a half times higher in 2002-04; this figure has therefore seen a significant decline in recent years.

Alcohol abuse is significantly higher in the locality than in the wider Perth and Kinross area. There is a substantially higher rate of alcohol related stays in hospital compared to the four other rural localities in Perth and Kinross.

Local intelligence says there was a growing concern with young people drinking or taking legal highs in public spaces. Recently more young people have reported to taking drugs and alcohol in private. Partners have been working in schools to raise awareness of this issue.

A Thriving Third Age

Currently 11,000 people aged 65 and over live alone in P&K, and this is expected to increase in coming years. There are significant health inequalities between individuals in this age range, with those in affluent areas living significantly longer. Work being undertaken by communities to support older people also tends to be concentrated in these affluent areas. Social isolation was also found to be a significant issue.

A growing number of older people are also becoming unpaid carers for spouses and other loved ones, and commissioners found these people need more support and recognition. Commissioners heard of the stigma associated with care homes, which in some cases prevent people making this choice.

In contrast to these challenges, many people are living longer than ever and requiring little to no support until much later in life. These people are a great asset to the communities of P&K, and want to feel valued and be able to continue to contribute to their communities.

Useful Links

Scottish Public Health Observatory

Scottish Health Survey

NHS Scotland- Information Services Division

Health and Social Care Partnership- Join the Conversation