Mellow wiganers buck stress trend

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CHILLED-out Wiganers are confounding the trend for stress-related hospital admissions.

While the rest of the country has seen a seven per cent rise in the past 12 months, the number of admissions in Wigan has stayed constant according to figures released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).

There were 132 admissions for stress and anxiety in the borough in both of the past two years, perhaps showing that fewer people are stressed in Wigan than in other parts of the country.

Dr Tim Dalton (pictured), chairman of Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “The hospital admission figures show we had no increase in the numbers of hospital admissions due to stress-related conditions over the last year.

“This is not in line with the increase in national trends identified in the NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre report.”

However, across England there were 6,370 admissions for stress in the 12 months to May, a seven per cent (410) rise on the previous 12-month period (5,960).

The report also showed that the North West as a region had the highest rise, showing that the borough is going against type, both regionally and nationally.

HSCIC chief executive Tim Straughan said: “It might be assumed that stress and anxiety are conditions that result in a journey to a GP consulting room rather than a hospital ward. However, our figures suggest thousands of cases a year arise where patients suffering from stress or anxiety become hospitalized in England.

“The report highlights a marked contrast between stress and anxiety admissions to hospital over the last two 12 month periods.

“On one hand, stress admissions have risen by seven per cent to 6,370; while on the other anxiety admissions have fallen by three per cent to 8,590.

“Despite this shift in balance however, many more cases of anxiety were admitted than for stress.

“While working-aged people account for the highest rate of admissions for stress, it appears hospital admissions resulting from anxiety are more among the elderly.”