Swimming saving NHS £357m a year

Swim England has called on the government and healthcare professionals to “maximise the benefits” of swimming, after a report suggests that the activity saves the NHS more than £357m a year.

  • Original Article: Swim England
  • Date: November 2019

According to the Value of Swimming report – published by Swim England – water-based activities are already creating health savings of around £140m in dementia care and more than £100m in caring for stroke patients.
Other key savings are made in the areas of diabetes (£37m), colon cancer (£10.4m), breast cancer (£9.8m) and depression (£9.5m).
The report also outlines how £51m is saved as a result of reduced GP and psychotherapy visits by those who swim regularly.