Still too many people going to hospital due to boozing in Hartlepool

PROBLEM .... concerns over level of alcohol-related deaths.
PROBLEM .... concerns over level of alcohol-related deaths.

HOSPITAL admission rates for Hartlepudlians with booze-related liver diseases are the second lowest in the region.

Annually 29.7 people per 100,000 of the town’s population attends hospital for alcohol related liver problems.

This is significantly lower than the region’s average of 51.7 admission rates per 100,000 people and falling just short of beating Redcar and Cleveland’s 27.9

However, Hartlepool is middle of the road when it comes to mortality rates for people aged under 75 dying from booze related liver conditions.

Figures from Public Health England show that 12.9 deaths occur annually – which is slightly higher than the region’s 11.8 deaths.

Despite numbers either being better, or similar to the rest of the region, experts says more still needs to be done.

Louise Wallace, Hartlepool’s director of Public Health, said: “Many of the figures for Hartlepool are similar, or indeed better, than other areas of the North-East. However, there are still too many hospital admissions in Hartlepool as a result of liver disease.

“The liver disease profiles provide details that will help local authorities and NHS professionals to work together to try and reduce the number of Hartlepool deaths as a result of liver disease, particularly those which are unnecessarily caused by alcohol.”