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About the borough of Hounslow

The London Borough of Hounslow is the ninth largest borough in London, situated geographically between the Thames, Heathrow Airport and central London. The environment and the population of Hounslow are diverse. Each of the local wards and communities differ greatly in character, with unique health needs, challenges and priorities. Hounslow’s population in 2011 was estimated at 239,748 people.

The annual Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) is carried out by the Public Health Department at Hounslow Council in partnership working between the borough, the NHS, and community representatives.

It provides a comprehensive local picture of health and wellbeing needs and how they may develop in the future and is focused on the needs of the population, not individuals.

The JSNA has identified the main aspects of chronic disease that have major impacts on population health and wellbeing in Hounslow. These challenges include:

  • Higher rate of death due to cardiovascular disease than the national average; and a higher rate of cardiovascular disease-related emergency hospital admission amongst those who live in more deprived Hounslow wards;
  • Long lengths of hospital stay for people who have survived a stroke, and are then discharged to a place other than their home (e.g. nursing or residential care);
  • Low uptake of screening for breast, colorectal and cervical cancers.

The JSNA also highlights a number of other areas of concern in Hounslow:

  • The number of hospital admissions relating to alcohol and smoking is higher than the national average.
  • There are high and growing rates of sexually-transmitted and HIV infections.
  • There is a growing number of falls-related hospital admissions among older people and a prolonged length of hospital stay for those admitted following a fall.
  • There is a variation in breastfeeding uptake rates across the borough, and lower uptake rates amongst teenage and low-income mothers.
  • Hounslow has lower immunisation rates than the national target, and in general lower rates than London and England averages.
  • There are higher rates of obese and underweight children in Hounslow, unequally affecting children from deprived areas and black ethnic groups.

Hounslow CCG works closely with the Public Health team at Hounslow Council to address these issues. You can find out more in the ‘What we do’ section of this site.