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“The Weigh Forward” – our new weight loss programme is launched

Our Obesity Research Team have launched a new programme called “The Weigh Forward” to help more people to access support and succeed with weight loss.

You can find out more from the specialists at our stand in The Mall Arndale, Luton, on Saturday 14 June.

The new programme makes it easier for more people to access weight loss management and treatment at the hospital. Previously, people had to have a BMI of over 40 in order to be referred. Now, we can also treat people with a BMI of over 35 if they have at least one other related health issue such as Type 2 Diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, obstructive sleep apnoea or osteoarthritis.

The hospital’s Centre for Obesity Research is nationally recognised as a centre of excellence in helping patients achieve weight loss through medical management and surgery. “The Weigh Forward” is designed to provide, a holistic approach to patients, ensuring individualised, tailored programmes to meet specific needs and goals for successful long term weight loss.

The Obesity Research Department brings together clinical staff from a variety of professions to offer patients a comprehensive service of the highest standard. The team includes Clinical Psychologists, Physicians, Dietitians, Nurses and Surgeons. Together they provide all aspects of weight management and offer nutritional advice, dietary counseling, in-depth medical assessment, regular support and a variey of bariatric surgical procedures.

Obesity services at the L&D are available to patients living in the East of England region. Speak to your GP if you are concerned about your weight and think that you may be eligible for referral to specialist advice or treatment. Weight loss can transform people’s lives by reducing the health risks of life threatening diseases and improving the quality of life.

“THE WEIGH FORWARD” programme is launching in the Summer of 2014. You can meet specialists form the Obesity team at The Mall Arndale in Luton on Saturday 14th June to find out more about what they can offer. If you wish to be referred for treatment please contact your GP.

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