The North West: An Asthma ‘Hotspot’
North-West England remains the region with the highest asthma emergency admission ratio in the country. The chances of emergency hospitalisation for asthma were 76% higher for people who live in North-West England than for those who live in East of England.
Other areas with higher than average admissions include North-East England, 15% above the national average, and Wales, with admissions 10% above the national average.
The differences are even more striking for children.
The chances of emergency hospitalisation for asthma among children were more than twice as high (110%) for children living in North-West England than for those in the East of England.
Other areas with higher than average admissions for children include North- East England, 15% above the national average and the West Midlands, 7% above the national average.
Areas with relatively low admission figures were Northern Ireland, 17% below the UK average, and South-East England, 20% below average. As well as the East of England, areas with lower than average admissions figures for children include the East Midlands, where the rate was 21% below average and South-East England, where the rate was 17% below average.
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