Excess winter deaths

Excess deaths in winter continue to be an important public health issue, potentially amenable to effective intervention. Excess winter deaths are defined as the difference between the number of deaths which occurred in winter (December to March) and the average number of deaths during the preceding four months (August to November) and the subsequent four months (April to July).

Headline findings

  • During the single year period August 2014 to July 2015, an estimated 1,309 excess winter deaths occurred in the Lancashire-14 area; 992 of these were in the Lancashire-12 area.
  • In the Lancashire-12 area, overall, and the two unitary authorities in all ages and the 85+ population, excess winter deaths are similar to the national average (August 2014 to July 2015).
  • During the 12 winters, 2003/04 to 2014/15, the estimated number of excess winter deaths in the Lancashire-14 area ranged from 556 to 1,309.
  • Across the Lancashire-14 area, in 12 authorities excess winter deaths are similar to the England average (August 2014 to July 2015).
  • In Preston the estimated excess winter deaths are significantly worse than the England average and in Lancaster the estimated excess winter deaths are significantly better than the England average (August 2014 to July 2015).

The related data in spreadsheet format, including district figures and trend graphs, is available to download via this link (XLS 188 KB).

Page updated November 2016