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Norfolk patients face some of the longest journeys to GPs

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People in Norfolk face longer journeys than almost anyone in the country to pick up prescriptions at a pharmacy, attend a GP appointment or use leisure facilities.

But according to England’s first official national health index, the county also benefits from low traffic noise, relatively low levels of anxiety and high levels of life satisfaction.

The index, published by the Office for National Statistics and financial services company Lane Clark and Peacock (LCP), pulls together data to give counties in England a single health score.

According to the index, Norfolk’s overall health score in 2018 was 98.4, slightly under the England average of 99.7. The score meant Norfolk was 93 out of 159 counties.

Given the rural nature of much of the county, it should come as no surprise that some the indicators in which Norfolk performed badly are centred around distance from services.

Only three out of 149 counties fared worse than Norfolk in terms of how far people have to travel to use sports and leisure facilities.

Patients in the county also have to........

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