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, all of which provide primary care services to a combined population of more than 240,000 people.  

The table below shows the number of patients registered at each of Swindon and Shrivenham's GP practices. (Figures correct as of 1 March 2019)


Practice name Number of registered patients
Abbey Meads Medical Practice 17,602
Ashington House Surgery 10,707
Carfax NHS Medical Centre 14,400
Eldene Surgery 7,811
Elm Tree Surgery 7,172
Great Western Surgery 5,388
Hawthorn Medical Centre 12,335
Kingswood Surgery 10,308
Lawn Medical Centre 7,289
Merchiston Surgery 13,897
Moredon Medical Centre 12,175
North Swindon Practice 14,952
Old Town Surgery 8,733
Park Lane Practice 6,704
Phoenix Surgery 4,549
Priory Road Medical Centre 8,898
Ridge Green Medical Centre 11,031
Ridgeway View Family Practice 13,711
Sparcells Surgery 4,526
Taw Hill Medical Practice 12,619
Victoria Cross Surgery* 9,375
Westrop Surgery 14,621
Whalebridge Practice 12,312
Total 241,115


*Includes patients registered at Eldene Health Centre.