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Exercise high on the agenda for commuters but sleep takes a back seat

HCA at The Shard, a new outpatient and diagnostics centre, part of HCA Healthcare UK, surveyed 1000 of the Capital’s commuters to a find out their key health issues 

 The research also showed that commuters drink an average of 11-15 units of alcohol per week - equivalent to roughly six pints of beer or eight small glasses of wine - and the majority (27%) only consume three portions of fruit and vegetables in an average day. 

Dr Guy Leschziner, Consultant Neurologist at HCA at The Shard said; 

“City dwellers appear to be taking an active interest in their physical health. This is encouraging to see, but what’s concerning is the prevalence of sleep issues.

“With added pressures and health considerations, Londoners need to be taking a more active interest in all areas of their health, ensuring they not only understand how to lead a healthy lifestyle, but also implement a consistent daily health routine. Sufficient quantity and quality sleep is a readily modifiable factor in many aspects of physical and psychological health.”

The survey also found:



  • Central line commuters are most likely to rate their physical health as ‘great’, with 25% stating this, yet the majority only exercise twice per week and only eat two portions of fruit and veg per day. 
  • Northern line commuters are least likely to suffer a gastrological issue, with 55% stating that they haven’t suffered a single gastrological issue in the past year.
  • They are also the lowest percentage to suffer back pain, with 46% of those that commute on this line having not suffered any back pain at all in the past 12 months.
  • Similarly, Circle line commuters are most likely to suffer back pain, with only 16% of those that commute on this line having not suffered any back pain at all in the past 12 months.
  • Bakerloo line travellers are most likely to catch a cold, with only 10% having not suffered a cold in the past 12 months. 
  • Northern line commuters are the least likely to catch a cold, with 26% stating that they haven’t had a single cold in the past 12 months. 

    HCA at The Shard offers people access to leading consultants covering a range of specialities including orthopaedics, physiotherapy, women’s health, men’s health, neurosurgery, gastroenterology and paediatrics. The facility also offers private GP appointments through Roodlane, also part of HCA Healthcare UK. 

    HCA at The Shard - which opened earlier this year - delivers world-class healthcare that’s flexible, rapid and convenient to London’s commuters. It features 78 consulting rooms plus 12 treatment rooms and a large imaging department, with the ability to accommodate up to 1,200 patients a day, both self-paying and insured.

    For more information or to book a consultation please visit: http://www.hcatheshard.com/