The UCLH Bariatric Centre for Weight Management and Metabolic Surgery opened in July 2007 and is now one of the largest obesity and bariatric centres in the county with an international reputation for the quality and expertise of our clinical service, our research and the clinical training that we provide.
We offer comprehensive medical and surgical services for the treatment of adults with obesity with the aim of improving health through weight management. Our multi-disciplinary team is comprised of consultant obesity physicians, consultant bariatric surgeons, bariatric anaesthetists, psychologists, clinical nurse specialists (CNS), bariatric dieticians, exercise therapists and pathway co-ordinators.
We endeavour to provide the best possible treatment for each individual patient based upon the latest clinical evidence available whilst ensuring that patients are seen within suitably equipped dedicated out-patient and in-patient areas. Our team members are readily accessible to provide advice and we also run a monthly patient support group. Our consultant bariatric surgeons provide a 24-hour, 7-day a week specialized bariatric service.
Our service is fully compliant with the 2014 updated NICE guidelines and has received accreditation as a Centre for Obesity Management by the European Association for the Study of Obesity. Our patients are invited to participate in research studies aimed at developing new treatment for weight management and for diabetes. We are committed to delivering top quality patient care, excellent education and world-class research.
Our service ethos is to
- Implement state-of-the art evidence-based care for obese patients
- Monitor all obesity-related medical conditions and risk factors
- Provide high quality patient and public information
- Improve access to care pathways by optimizing referral processes and developing close working between levels of care
- Develop comprehensive multidisciplinary local collaboration
- Facilitate, and empower patients to make healthy lifestyle changes: develop therapeutic education
- Educate staff about treating patients with obesity
- Encourage development of and support Patient Associations, by sharing experience and expertise
- Offer or collaborate with preventive care services
- Promote obesity related knowledge and awareness among the public and health care providers
- Improve the collaboration interface between clinical researchers and scientists
- Integrate health care, teaching and research
- Undertake and facilitate clinical research projects
Other services include advanced laparoscopic surgery for upper gastrointestinal benign disease (including antireflux surgery) and laparoscopic day case surgery for herniae and chloelithiasis.
Obesity and obesity-related conditions.
Patient support services
- The UCLH bariatric patient support group meets on a monthly basis.
- Nurse specialist and dietician access numbers are made available to patients.
- There is a bariatric team for inpatient care.
- The hospital is fully equipped with furniture and equipment suitable for the heaviest patients.
Patient aftercare will be shared between us and the GP. Regular follow-up will be arranged prior to discharge.