Medicated Weight Loss Service
We have recently introduced this service and we would be delighted to help you on your weight loss journey.
Check out our NHS BMI calculator to help you decide if this service might be something you could consider:
What is medicated weight loss service?
The weight loss injection used in the Medicated Weight Loss Service helps to increase the feeling of fullness, decreases hunger and therefore reducing food intake. Saxenda® is the prescribed medication used in the Medicated Weight Loss Service. It is a once-daily injection approved for weight management alongside diet and exercise.
Patients using Saxenda® reported feeling more satisfied after eating, and eating less than before they were prescribed the medication.
Who is eligible for the service?
Who is eligible for the service?
You’re eligible for the Medicated Weight Loss Service if:
You are aged 18 to 75
You have a BMI of over 30
Or a BMI of over 27, but have been diagnosed with a condition that is made worse by weight gain such as a heart condition
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a person's weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters. A high BMI can indicate high body fatness. BMI screens for weight categories that may lead to health problems, but it does not diagnose the body fatness or health of an individual.
Who is not eligible for the service
You’re not eligible for the Medicated Weight Loss Service if:
You are under 18 years of ageYou are over 75 years of ageYou are hypersensitive to Liraglutide (3mg) or any of the other ingredients of the medicineYou are pregnant, think that you might be pregnant or planning to have a babyYou are breastfeedingYou are currently on treatment with GLP1-RA e.g. VictozaYou have an initial BMIof 27-30 and don’t have a weight-related health conditionYou have an initial BMI of less than 27 unless you already use Saxenda or wish to transfer your treatment
If you have any of the following medical conditions, you’re also not eligible for this service:
Hepatic impairment (liver)Renal impairment (kidney)Congestive heart failureObesity secondary to endocrinologicalAn eating disorderInflammatory bowel diseaseDiabetic gastroparesisA history of pancreatitisThyroid disease
What are the steps for this service?
Step 1- Customer will have an appointment with the pharmacist who will check if they are suitable for the service. If so, the pharmacist will explain how to use the injection and explain any possible side effects. The most common side effects of Saxenda® are nausea, diarrhoea, constipation, and vomiting. These side effects usually go away after a few days or weeks.
At this point, the customer will pay for the injection. This appointment takes around 20 minutes.
Step 2- The pharmacist will order the injection and give a time to the customer to come back to the pharmacy to collect the first month of injection. Customer will be also provided with a sharp bin.
Step 3- Every week for the first month a member of the pharmacy team will phone the customer to check how is getting on.
Step 4- After the first month of injections, customer will have a face to face consultation with the pharmacist who will give you your next month treatment. At this point, the customer will pay for second month treatment.
Step 5 -The service last for 12 weeks where the pharmacist will do an evaluation. If after three months of treatment, the customer haven’t lost 5% of their body weight, then the pharmacist will advise to stop the treatment and suggest alternatives to manage your weight.