Berkshire West encompasses 600,000 people across Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire – while the population is generally affluent and healthy there are variations between the different localities with a life expectancy of 85.6 years for women in Wokingham, compared to 83.2 for women born in Reading. There is also variety in diversity with 21% of residents representing an ethnic minority background in Reading, compared to 6.6% in Wokingham and 4.9% in West Berkshire.
Berkshire West is served by a variety of hospitals including Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, Townlands Memorial Hospital in Henley, and West Berkshire Community Hospital in Thatcham. Berkshire West has fifteen Primary Care Networks representing more than 40 GP practices across the area.
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