Weight Management Service

Our weight management service offers personal support, advice and treatment from one of our expert pharmacists. When used alongside a healthy balanced diet and regular exercise, this can help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight long-term.

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How does it all work?

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Book your appointment

Select the service at one of our branches, for a face-to-face appointment at a time and date that suits you. 

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Attend your appointment

Your consultation can take up to 30 minutes. Our pharmacist will discuss your lifestyle and any changes that could help you, consider your medical history, and discuss the available treatment options so you can make an informed choice.

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Start your treatment

After your initial consultation, you can begin your chosen treatment. Your pharmacist will then continue to support you throughout your journey with regular check-ins.

What treatments are available for weight loss?

Your pharmacist is trained to provide expert advice on which path forward is best for you. The outcome of your consultation is at the discretion of your pharmacist, who may also offer lifestyle advice, OTC products, and other prescription products. If they believe a prescription product is recommended for you, they have all the information you need so that you can make an informed choice on your next steps.

Your consultation is free of charge, if the weekly weight loss injection is prescribed then a cost will be associated.

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What is my BMI?

BMI is a measurement of whether you are at a healthy weight for your height. It is the most widely used method and acts as a starting point for further discussions about weight and general health. BMI takes into account natural variations in body shape, giving a healthy weight range for a particular height.

Knowing your BMI result, and therefore what category you fall under (ie. underweight, healthy weight, overweight or obese) will help you set goals for managing your weight. Your pharmacist will check your BMI for your during your consultation. You can also calculate your BMI online using the NHS BMI Calculator.

CATEGORYBMI
Underweight rangeBelow 18.5
Healthy weight rangeBetween 18.5 and 24.9
Overweight rangeBetween 25 and 29.9
Obese range30 or over

A BMI above the healthy weight range can not only increase the risk of heart disease, strokes, type 2 diabetes and even some cancers, it can also cause debilitating issues in everyday life and lead to psychological problems.

Being overweight can have a significant impact on your health. It can increase your risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. By reducing your weight to within a healthy range you can help protect your future health.

Our expertly trained pharmacy teams are on hand to provide you with weight management advice and treatment options where suitable.

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How does the consultation work

To find out if you’re eligible for the weekly weight loss injection, follow the link and complete the short questionnaire to see if you meet the inclusion criteria. 

If you are eligible, you can book an online consultation at a date and time that suits you where your pharmacist will discuss the treatment options with you in detail and, if you’re eligible, you’ll make your payment. Your first dosage of the injections will then be sent to your address and you’ll be able to start treatment.

What do I need to bring with me

It is a legal requirement for Healthcare providers to verify the identity of their patients before prescribing medication. 

We’ll check your identity against one of the following documents to prove who you are. 

  • Passport 
  • Driving Licence (full or provisional) 
  • National Identity Card

What are the risks of being overweight?

Being overweight or obese can lead to serious health implications and potentially life-threatening conditions, including coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even some types of cancer. It can also cause debilitating issues in day-to-day life, such as breathlessness, increased sweating, joint pain, snoring and feeling very tired.

If you’re not sure of your BMI, you can check it using the NHS BMI Calculator.

Are there other options for weight loss?

Exercise 

Exercise can help you burn calories by being active. The food you eat is stored in your body as fat to use as energy, which is used up when you exercise. If you use up less energy than you take in, this fat builds up causing you to gain weight. Exercise can also help prevent some medical conditions like diabetes.

Find out more at the NHS Get Active website.

Diet 

Healthy eating is very important when managing your weight. Some top tips include aiming for 2 or more portions of veg in your main meal, eating a portion of fish at least twice a week, keeping carbohydrates to wholegrain and no more than a third of your meal, and choosing small amounts of low-fat spreads. It is also important to stay hydrated – drink 6 to 8 cups of fluid a day – this includes water, tea, coffee and even soup!

Find out more at the NHS Eat Well page.

Surgery 

Usually a last resort, surgery is for people who have been unable to lose weight with other treatment methods. Options include a gastric band, which is fitted around your stomach and makes you feel fuller from smaller amounts of food. A sleeve gastrectomy, where part of your stomach is removed, makes the amount of food you are able to eat smaller.

Surgery will be recommended by your doctor if they think it will be safe and beneficial for you, but it is not suitable for everyone.

Find more information on the NHS Website.

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