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 230,000 people.  

The table below details the number of patients registered at each of Swindon and Shrivenham's GP practices.

Practice name Number of registered patients
Abbey Meads Medical Practice 16,998
Ashington House Surgery 10,526
Carfax NHS Medical Centre 14,973
Eldene Surgery 7,902
Elm Tree Surgery 7,180
Great Western Surgery 5,382
Hawthorn Medical Centre 12,279
Kingswood Surgery 10,086
Lawn Medical Centre 7,432
Merchiston Surgery 14,051
Moredon Medical Centre 11,667
North Swindon Practice 14,803
Old Town Surgery 8,502
Park Lane Practice 6,645
Phoenix Surgery 4,604
Priory Road Medical Centre 8,616
Ridge Green Medical Centre 10,750
Ridgeway View Family Practice 13,550
Sparcells Surgery 4,164
Taw Hill Medical Practice 12,710
Victoria Cross Surgery 9,863
Westrop Surgery 14,153
Whalebridge Practice 10,266
Total 237,102