Our localities

Bristol is a diverse city with thriving and growing communities, but also areas of deprivation.

To ensure we commission local healthcare that meets the needs of our communities, we’ve created three localities, allowing GPs who understand their practice populations to plan local services (see also Our people).

Inner City and East (ICE) Bristol

The Inner City and East area has around 145,000 residents served by 13 GP practices, including the Homeless Health Service which provides services for homeless and vulnerably housed people.

The area incorporates:

  • Broadmead
  • Ashley
  • Easton
  • Lawrence Hill
  • Fishponds
  • Eastville
  • St George

This diverse community has areas of high deprivation in the inner city and the highest proportions of black and minority ethnic (BME) residents in Bristol. For instance, 80 per cent of pupils in Lawrence Hill schools are from BME groups.

We also have a rapidly growing number of children aged five and under in the inner city.

Local health challenges in this locality include higher rates of drug, smoking and alcohol use compared to Bristol overall.

In East Bristol, we have growing numbers of children and a significant number of elderly people, representing a wide range of health needs.

We are striving to develop services in this locality that directly meet the community’s needs. A recent example of this is the Bristol Community Rose Clinic which provides care and support for women who experience problems because of female genital mutilation (FGM).

Read about FGM services

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Bristol Community Rose Clinic Leaflet

The clinic provides care and support for women who are experiencing problems as a result of female genital mutilation. You can come to us to discuss your health needs in a sensitive and non-judgmental environment. 

North and West Bristol 

North and West Bristol has around 187,000 residents served by 17 GP practices, and incorporates:

  • Lockleaze
  • Southmead
  • Henbury
  • Lawrence Weston
  • Avonmouth
  • Horfield
  • Henleaze
  • Bishopston
  • Stoke Bishop
  • Clifton and Redland

This locality covers some of the most affluent parts of Bristol where many benefit from longer life expectancy and better health.

However, there is significant deprivation in some communities where people are more likely to die younger from cancer, heart disease and stroke. There is a difference in life expectancy of 9.6 years between the most deprived and the most affluent areas of this locality.

Tackling this health inequality is one of our major challenges and we’re committed to working with our patients to make healthy choices on diet, smoking and alcohol consumption.

South Bristol

South Bristol has around 159,027 residents served by 18 GP practices, and covers:

  • Brislington
  • Hengrove
  • Stockwood
  • Filwood
  • Knowle
  • Windmill Hill
  • Hartcliffe
  • Withywood
  • Bedminster
  • Bishopsworth

The area has many 20–30-year-olds and the number of babies under one year has increased by 20 per cent since 2001. The number of people over 85 years old has also increased by 20 per cent.

Some parts of South Bristol are within the most deprived 10 per cent in the country. People in more deprived areas not only have lower estimates of life expectancy – they are also more likely to spend more of their later years with a disability or long-term condition.

Our aim is to support patients with long-term conditions such as heart disease, on-going breathing difficulties and cancer, by commissioning local services closer to their home so that fewer hospital trips are required.

A good example of how we are trying to do this is our work with healthcare providers at South Bristol Community Hospital, where we are increasing the range of local services provided at the hospital.

See Our people for more information on localities and clinical leaders.