In Swindon and Shrivenham, 240,000 people are registered with one of 22 GP practices.
Projections suggest that Swindon’s population will increase by 11 per cent between 2018 and 2028, and by a further seven per cent by 2038.
Since 2001, the estimated number of carers in Swindon has risen by 33 per cent compared to the national average of 18 per cent.
Like other places across the country, Swindon has felt the effects of ongoing austerity measures and the impact of unhealthy lifestyles characterized by obesity, physical inactivity, poor diet and alcohol misuse.
Locally, the number of people with Type 2 diabetes continues to rise and a recent survey found that 64 per cent of adults in Swindon are categorised as being overweight, including 25 per cent who are obese.
On average, in the most deprived areas of Swindon, men live 14 fewer years in good health than those in the least deprived areas.