Hammersmith & Fulham

Hammersmith and Fulham is a small, but densely populated borough with 179,000 residents living in 6.3 sq. miles.

  • More than 90% of contacts with the health service take place in the community, involving general practice, pharmacy and community services.
  • Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Chelsea & Westminster NHS Foundation Trust are the main providers of acute and specialist care.
  • Central London Community Healthcare (CLCH) provides community nursing and therapies and West London Mental Health Trust provides mental health services.

Hammersmith and Fulham CCG 2016/17 annual report.

The chair of Hammersmith & Fulham CCG:

Dr Tim Spicer

Population demographics

  • 179,000*
  • The age profile of the borough is common to other inner city areas in that it has a very large young working age population and relatively fewer children and older people.
  • Compared to London overall, the borough has the 5th lowest proportion of children, 4th highest proportion of young working age residents and ninth lowest proportion of people over retirement age.
  • One in four of the borough’s population was born abroad. The population in the borough is socio-economically and culturally diverse.
  • One third (32%) of the population are from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups.

*based on 2013 ONS figures

Health challenges

  • The principle cause of premature (<75) and avoidable death in Hammersmith and Fulham is cancer, followed by cardiovascular disease (which includes heart disease and stroke).
  • Mental health is the most common reason for long term sickness absence, and several of the wards in the deprived parts of the borough fall into the 20% highest in London for incapacity benefit/ESA claimant rates for mental health reasons.