The West Midlands Public Health Observatory (WMPHO) has updated the online Excess Winter Deaths in England Atlas .
This interactive mapping tool allows the user to view excess winter deaths data in England with the facility to drill down to local authorities to access the following information:
Excess winter deaths single and three year rolling trend data for England and Local Authorities from 1990-2011
1. Excess winter deaths by selected age groups:
- under 65s;
- all ages.
2. Excess winter deaths by selected condition (underlying causes of death):
- Circulatory [ICD10 I00-I99];
- CHD [ICD10 I20-I25];
- Stroke [ICD10 I61-I69];
- Respiratory [ICD10 J00-J99];
- Influenza & Pneumonia [ICD10 J09-J18];
- Chronic lower respiratory diseases [ICD10 J40-J47]
- All cause.
Excess Winter Deaths Index (EWD Index), is defined as the excess of deaths in winter compared with non-winter months expressed as a percentage. The EWD year runs from August to July. Winter months are December to March, Non-Winter months are August to November and April to July.
Within Warwickshire, the 2008-2011 three year EWD index numbers are broadly similar to the England figure of 19.1%.
|Observed EWD||Expected EWD||EWD Index (%)||Significance to England||Average EWD per year|
|North Warwickshire||118.5||555.5||21.3||No Difference||39.5|
|Nuneaton & Bedworth||177.5||1,070.5||16.6||No Difference||59.2|
A look at EWD by underlying cause of death (2004-11) suggests that the only area in which winter mortality is statistically significantly different from the England average is chronic lower respiratory disease in Stratford-on-Avon District at 85.6% compared to the England index of 48.1%.
Further details on the use of the atlas is available via Excess Winter Deaths in England Atlas: User Guide.