Frequently Asked Questions
Being medically obese means you have excess body fat, that may harm your health.
Consuming more calories from food than you use through physical activity is the usual cause of obesity. Medical conditions such as an underactive thyroid, for example, can also cause weight gain.
Obesity is identified by having a BMI over the recommended value.
Obesity has serious health implications. It can cause or contribute to potentially life-threatening conditions like type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, strokes and cancer. It can also trigger depression and low self-esteem.
You can lower the risk of these conditions by maintaining a healthy weight. Losing weight makes exercise more enjoyable and can also reduce the symptoms of other conditions like asthma or erectile dysfunction.
Body mass index (BMI) compares your weight to your height. Your BMI indicates if your weight is healthy or if you are overweight (BMI over 25*) or obese (BMI of 30* or more).
During your appointment, our experienced pharmacists will measure your BMI and answer any questions you may have about your weight or health.
*Note the BMI values are lower for some ethnic groups See the NHS definitions
A weight management programme that includes a balanced, calorie-controlled diet and regular exercise is the best way to lose weight. Used within a programme like this, medication can help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight in the years ahead.
Our highly qualified health professionals are ready to support you on your journey to a lower, more healthy weight.
Our pharmacist will talk to you about how to improve your diet and exercise regime. They may determine that the supply of some medication is appropriate (additional cost). This clinically approved supply can be carried out under what is known as a Patient Group Direction. Alternatively the pharmacist may decide that supply is not appropriate or that a referral needs to be made to another healthcare professional.
Our medicated weight management service is only appropriate for certain patients. They must be obese (BMI of 30* or above) or overweight (BMI of at least 27) with additional health risk factors such as type 2 diabetes or a heart condition.
BMI is calculated by comparing your weight to your height. You can work out your BMI yourself using the NHS’s online BMI calculator here.
Our experienced pharmacists can help you reduce your weight safely and lead a healthier life.
Whilst the NHS commissions pharmacies to provide a small number of clinical services, we are able to provide a much wider range on a private basis. A small fee provides you with face-to-face, phone or video call access to our trained healthcare team to help you get the treatment you need quickly.
We charge an initial £25 for a weight loss consultation with our trained pharmacist in the privacy of our pharmacy consulting room.
In addition if at the end of the consultation it is appropriate to provide a supply of Wegovy, our prices are:
Wegovy (semaglutide) 0.25mg Injection Pen x 4 £150
Wegovy (semaglutide) 0.5mg Injection Pen x 4 £150
Wegovy (semaglutide) 1mg Injection Pen x 4 £150
Wegovy (semaglutide) 1.7mg Injection Pen x 4 £200
Wegovy (semaglutide) 2.4mg Injection Pen x 4 £250