Limiting long-term illness
The 2011 Census showed that in Herefordshire around 34 thousand people (approximately 19%) said that they had some form of limiting long-term health problem or disability – a slightly higher proportion compared to 2001 and nationally (both 18%). However, the proportion of residents of working age with a limiting long-term illness was marginally lower than the proportion nationally. The areas with highest reported levels were in areas in Bromyard, North Hereford and Leominster. The 2011 Herefordshire Health and Well-being survey of adults found that by far the most common cause of long-term limiting illness were musculoskeletal problems, accounting for almost half of all cases. It also found that 12% of adults were limited in their ability to bathe and dress themselves.