Weight Management

Losing weight can be difficult. Our eating habits can be affected by many things, including our mood, finances, lifestyle, work patterns, taste preferences and family life.

Following ‘crash’ diets often doesn’t work – whilst you may lose weight, they are often too restrictive and people struggle to stick to them for long.
The best way to lose weight is to make small adjustments to your current diet and understand why you are eating.
Loosing weight can reduce your risk of certain conditions such as heart disease and type 2 cholesterol. It can also help reduce total blood pressure, cholesterol and pain.

Semaglutide (Wegovy®)

Semaglutide (Wegovy®) for managing overweight and obesity - updated advice 6th September 2023

Unfortunately, Wegovy is not available to patients unless they are already under the care of a specialist weight management service. Please therefore do not make requests for this medication at this time as we will not be able to prescribe it.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published the technology appraisal TA875 Semaglutide for managing overweight and obesity on 8th March 2023 and recommend semaglutide as an option for weight management, including weight loss and weight maintenance alongside a reduced-calorie diet and increase physical activity in adults, providing that certain specific criteria are met.  However, this treatment must be initiated by a specialist and is not suitable for prescribing by GP Practices. The locally commissioned specialist weight management service is also currently closed to new referrals, so we are not able to refer patients to be considered for this treatment. 

 

We will update this page when we have more information, but until then, unfortunately this treatment is not currently available unless you are already under the care of the hospital specialist weight management service.

Body Mass Index (BMI) Healthy Weight Calculator

Firstly you may want to calculate your BMI. 
This is a marker of how healthy your weight is and can indicate if you need to lose weight and how much.

Weight loss and behaviour change programme= Beezee Bodies

An online 12-week course about weight loss and healthy eating. You can benefit from peer support from other people in similar positions. 
Open to all adults with a BMI >25kg/m2.
They also run 'Gutless' an online group specifically for men.
Find out more and self refer.

NHS Free weight loss plan

Download the free NHS weight loss plan app to help you set weight loss goals, plan your meals, and make healthier food choices.

Free NHS Webinars on weight management

There are so many message about healthy eating and weight loss out there, sometimes dispelling the myths can be helpful. 
This set of patient webinars on weight management tackle the myths surrounding dieting, weight loss and balanced eating.

HEALTHIER YOU- Diabetes prevention programme

National Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP)
If you have been told that you are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, or you fill out the online calculator, you may be able to self refer to the NDPP which gives you free access to weight watchers online. 

NHS Couch to 5k

Running can seem daunting, especially if you have not done it before. 
The Couch to 5k app will help you slowly build up to run/walk 5k 

Better health, healthier families

Making dietary changes as a whole family can be easier. There are several apps and recipes on the better health website to help get kids involved in heathier changes. 

Game of stones

A text message based programme, to help men lose weight and keep it off. 

It couldn't be simpler, you will receive regular text messages over 12 months and no appointments to attend. Free and easy 

BVM link

fitness and exercise 

BVM link

Strengthening exercises to try at home 

Here at BVM we have our own Dietitian who is available to support patients with diet and nutritional issues.
If you have tried some of the above and would like further support from our practice Dietitian and have a BMI >30kg/m2, please submit a Klinik request if you are interested in this service.

BVM Weight Management Group - drop in

Bridge View Body Reboot 

What?

A FREE informal drop-in for patients registered with Bridge View Medical looking to lose weight and improve health & wellbeing.

We welcome you to come and check your weight & share progress with others. Dietitian advice and guidance will be available.

There will be opportunities to set goals and learn a bit more about local exercise facilities & community links. 

When?

Drop in any time on Tuesdays between 4.30-6pm

Starting Tuesday 25th October 

Where?

Downstairs at Marksbury Road Surgery - follow signs when you get there 

NHS Digital Weight Management Programme

NHS Digital Weight Management Programme

Digital Weight Management - Do you have a BMI >30kg/m2 and a diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes or Hypertension (Or both)? If so, the NHS Digital Weight Management Programme might be for you. You will receive access to one of several apps/programmes for 12 weeks to help you make positive changes for your health