UK distribution of cystic fibrosis

Take a look at our map showing how the cystic fibrosis (CF) population is distributed across the country, using anonymised data from 2018 from the UK Cystic Fibrosis Registry.

We hope this map will be useful for people with cystic fibrosis and their families, as well as cystic fibrosis care teams, researchers, NHS commissioners and policy makers.

How to use the map

The chart of the right side of the map shows the number of people with cystic fibrosis in each postcode area across the UK. To use the map, either click on the area of the map you would like to see, or click on the postcode areas shown on the table to see the distribution of those older and younger than 16 with CF in your chosen area.

After viewing a postcode area, you can return to the full UK view by clicking the same postcode area again or by clicking on any other postcode area twice. You can select multiple postcode areas by holding down the control key on your keyboard and clicking on the postcode areas you wish to select (areas you have selected will turn a darker shade of yellow).

To make the map bigger, use the full screen function in the bottom right hand corner, under the table.

If you have any problems viewing the map, take a look at the frequently asked question below to ensure your web browser meets the minimum requirements.

Frequently asked questions

  • Why are there fewer people with cystic fibrosis on this map than in the UK CF Registry Annual Data Report?

    The total number of patients quoted by the map is less than the number we quote in our Annual Report as some patient records do not have postcodes that link to valid postcode areas within the UK. Additionally, in some postcode areas (specifically those with fewer than five people with CF) totals use the ‘less than’ symbol (ie ‘<5’) for data protection purposes.

  • How exact are the numbers?

    For data protection reasons, only the first half of postcodes were used to generate this map. This, along with the fact that boundaries often change, means the allocation of individuals into each postcode area is approximate. To see where people with cystic fibrosis receive treatment, please view our latest UK CF Registry Annual Report here.

  • Can I reference the numbers elsewhere?

    These numbers are in the public domain and free to use, as long as ‘UK CF Registry 2018’ is referenced. We’d love to hear how the map is being used, so please email [email protected] to let us know where and when you are referencing the information.

  • How do I give feedback?

    Please let us know what you think about this map, including anything you think we can improve on, or additional charts you’d like to see, by emailing [email protected].

  • Can I view this map on mobile?

    Yes, although for the best experience we recommend viewing through a desktop browser.

  • Why isn't the map working?

    If you do not have an up-to-date version of one of the following browsers, you may have difficulty viewing the map or be unable to see it.

    Supported browsers:

    • Microsoft Edge
    • Internet Explorer 11
    • Chrome Desktop
    • Safari Mac
    • Firefox Desktop

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