What does Swindon look like?

A town that is constantly evolving and developing, Swindon's population is one of the fastest growing in the whole of the UK. 

In fact, according to the most recent Census, the number of people living in Swindon and the surrounding areas, such as Shrivenham, is expected to rise by 14 per cent before 2021 and a further 10 per cent in the years leading up to 2031. 

Some key facts about the health of the people who live in Swindon can be seen below:

  • The number of people living in Swindon who are aged over 75 and 85 has risen more than that of any other age group
  • Around 15 per cent of people in the town have been diagnosed with a long term condition, such as asthma, diabetes or cardiovascular disease
  • There are around double the number of people from a minority background living in the town than there were 10 years ago
  • Life expectancy among people from the most and least deprived areas of Swindon has increased in recent years
  • On average, men from more deprived backgrounds die around seven years earlier than those from more affluent areas, whereas women from a deprived background die around four years earlier than those who are not
  • People living in Swindon can expect to live longer than those in other similar sized towns and cities 
  • The average life expectancy in Swindon is 79.3 years for a male and 82.8 years for a female
  • In almost all areas of health, people in Swindon usually perform above the national average

More information about Swindon and its population can be found in the latest Joint Strategic Needs Assessment


Primary care in Swindon and Shrivenham

There are 23 GP practices in Swindon and Shrivenham that offer primary care services to a combined patient list of more than 239,000 people.  

The table below shows the number of patients registered at each of Swindon and Shrivenham's GP practices. (Figures correct as of 1 October 2018)

Practice name Number of registered patients
Abbey Meads Medical Practice 17,427
Ashington House Surgery 10,661
Carfax NHS Medical Centre 14,531
Eldene Surgery 7,892
Elm Tree Surgery 7,054
Great Western Surgery 5,366
Hawthorn Medical Centre 12,328
Kingswood Surgery 10,206
Lawn Medical Centre 7,364
Merchiston Surgery 13,952
Moredon Medical Centre 12,013
North Swindon Practice 14,883
Old Town Surgery 8,681
Park Lane Practice 6,695
Phoenix Surgery 4,568
Priory Road Medical Centre 8,799
Ridge Green Medical Centre 10,881
Ridgeway View Family Practice 13,605
Sparcells Surgery 4,390
Taw Hill Medical Practice 12,593
Victoria Cross Surgery 9,538
Westrop Surgery 14,418
Whalebridge Practice 11,645
Total 239,490