Practice News

8th Mar 2023

Weight loss injections

There have been several news articles recently about the new weight loss injection that has been recommended to be prescribed on the NHS for patients who meet certain criteria. Currently, in West Essex, this medication cannot be prescribed by a GP in Primary Care. This will be reviewed as more evidence emerges.

For patients whose BMI (Body Mass Index) is over 35 and have certain other co-morbidities (such as Diabetes, hypertension, obstructive sleep apnoea, infertility), we can refer you to the local NHS weight management programme, MoreLife. This involves support from psychologists, dieticians and weight loss specialists as needed. If the 12 week programme is successfully completed, then you may then be eligible for onwards referral to a specialist consultant to consider the new weight loss injections.

If you would like to discuss referral to MoreLife please let us know, preferably using the online form on our website.