Harrow

Harrow’s population is growing and ageing; it has one of the highest proportions of those aged 65 and over amongst the boroughs that form the North West London cluster.

  • London North West Healthcare NHS Trust and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust are the main providers of acute services.
  • London North West also provides community services
  • Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health services in and out of hospital.

Harrow CCG 2016/17 annual report.

The chair of Harrow CCG:

 Dr Amol Kelshiker

Population demographics

  • 243,500*
  • Harrow’s population is estimated to grow over the next 10–15 years, particularly amongst the 0–15 age group, and the over 65s. There will also be a decline in the number of residents aged 15– 44. Currently, the north of the borough has a greater proportion of older people than the south.
  • The population is ageing: Harrow has one of the highest proportions of those aged 65 and over compared to the other boroughs in North West London.
  • More than 50% of Harrow’s population is from black and minority ethnic (BAME) groups. The biggest of these is the Indian ethnic group who make up over a quarter of the Harrow population.
  • Less than half of the children speak English as a first language. The second most commonly spoken language is Gujarati.

*based on Harrow JNSA figures

Health challenges

  • Cardiovascular disease is the highest cause of death in Harrow, followed by cardiovascular disease and respiratory disease.
  • Harrow has particular challenges around circulatory disease and if mortality rates from coronary heart disease in the most deprived parts of Harrow were to reduce to the rate seen in the most affluent, life expectancy would increase by over one year in males and over nine months in females. Tackling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in both sexes would make a significant difference to life expectancy.