Most people with raised Body Mass Index (BMI) know what the risks are with raised weight. Doctors endlessly say "lose weight", society says "lose weight", you want to lose weight and yet no one really offers useful help...
I want to help people the best I can via a face to face clinic and National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) approved medication. I won't be offering drastic surgical options which, according to our gastroenterologists ultimately result in weight gain long term, or a return to pre-gastric band weight.
The clinic is set up to help you.
I will link you with a dietician (Laura Foster), a physical/personal trainer (Victoria Kelly) a psychotherapist (Philip Blake) and provide a support service whilst on treatment - something that a remote website/medical service cannot do effectively.
I have witnessed first hand how society treats individuals with raised BMI and the subsequent effects on people psychologically and for that I can also link you in with a psychotherapist.
Often you will have heard "It's easy! Eat less!" or the alternative that gets floated around "eat less & burn more!" but that's wholly unconstructive and a tad ridiculous - do we say to people with depression "smile more?" - no, we use medication and therapy to assist, to motivate, to effect long term change.
I want to do the same: use medication, therapy (physical, dietetic and psychological) to help achieve better weight loss results because when people start to feel better and look better the improvements snowball...
How did I get into this? A few years ago I was asked to write a pathway for the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes in Jersey and this group of medications (GLP1 Analogues) came to my attention. The idea was that if a patient with T2DM had a raised BMI, their sugar control would be better if they were managed on GLP1A medication. Scroll forward to a few months ago and I was reviewing a couple of patients in another clinic, they reported use of medication to lose weight but they were purchasing online with no doctor - they wanted someone to manage them properly.
Naturally me being me I did some research and was unimpressed at what was out there on the internet and locally. Patients able to source a medication with no controls, guidance or face to face support. I thought I could do it better and safer...
Now I have to be very careful about the wording of this medication on the website because for legal reasons you are not allowed in Great Britain to directly advertise a pharmaceutical that requires a prescription. I can however give some education on another page.