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Musgrove Park Hospital

Parkfield Dr, Taunton, TA1 5DA, United Kingdom

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Weight Management Service

Our specialist weight management service has been running since 2003 and is the largest of its kind in the south west. We are a tier 3 weight management service and also provide active support for the tier 4 bariatric surgery service at Musgrove Park Hospital.

Our multidisciplinary team work closely together to ensure you get an approachable, communicative and high quality service.

Your specialist team will include;

  • Endocrinologists
  • Dietitians
  • Psychologists

You will undergo a careful assessment looking for conditions and factors linked to a higher weight. We will then tailor a treatment plan to improve your health and support weight loss through lifestyle and dietary changes, medications and psychological support. If appropriate, we’ll prepare you for weight loss surgery in the safest possible environment.

We aim to support you to improve your physical health and wellbeing, while improving confidence and optimising nutrition for overall health. We work closely with our diabetes, endocrine and bariatric surgery services.

Referral criteria for the Weight Management service

We see people aged 18 and over with a BMI of 35 and above who:

  • Are motivated to make lifestyle changes
  • Have had unsuccessful weight loss attempts
  • Are considering Bariatric (weight loss) surgery (see below)

We also see people with complex issues associated with obesity such as:

  • Genetic causes of obesity
  • Hypothalamic damage / appetite dysregulation
  • Eating disorders
  • Weight loss for fertility
  • Weight loss to enable other procedures or operations

Referral criteria for Bariatric Surgery

  • BMI equal to or greater than 40kg/m2
  • OR BMI between 35-40kg/m2 with a weight related co-morbidity such as; Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, Hypertension, Type 2 Diabetes
  • Should have received some support from a Tier 3 medical weight management service

We accept referrals from GPs, both in and out of Somerset, and from other secondary care centres across the south west. It is not possible for you to self-refer into our service.