Rochdale is a 'hotspot' of schizophrenia and psychotic illnesses, study finds

Date published: 26 February 2017

Rochdale is a 'hotspot' of schizophrenia and other psychotic illnesses, based on the number of prescriptions prescribed by GPs.

The analysis by the University of East London showed between October 2015 and September 2016 the average number of schizophrenia prescriptions in Rochdale was 34 per 1,000 people, the third highest in the country. This compares to the average number of schizophrenia prescriptions across England of 19 for every 1,000 people.

The top five were:

  1. North Kesteven - 39 per 1,000 people
  2. Coventry - 35 per 1,000 people
  3. Rochdale - 34 per 1,000 people
  4. Cambridge - 34 per 1,000 people
  5. Hastings - 33 per 1,000 people

Prof Allan Brimicombe, one of the researchers from the University of East London, told the BBC: "In each of these areas of high prescriptions there may be a different set of drivers that are leading to this situation.

"Looking into them starts to inform policy into ameliorating it."

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