Weight loss clinic  

  • What is the Weight Loss Clinic?

    The Weight Loss Clinic is for people with obesity with a BMI between 30-39.9 who want to lose weight by making dietary and lifestyle changes. Research has shown that people who make permanent changes to their eating habits and increase their physical activity are more successful at losing weight and maintaining it than people who use a ‘quick fix’ solution. The emphasis in our clinic is on making dietary and behavioural changes which can be maintained in the long-term.
  • Who are the weight loss team?

    The specialist team consists of a doctor trained in cognitive behaviour therapy, a specialist dietitian, a physiotherapist and a consultant physician.
  • Who can be referred to the weight loss clinic?

    To be referred to this clinic, patients must:

    • Be over the age of 18 years.
    • Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) between 30 and 39.9
    • Need a more intensive programme than simple dietary advice.
    • Prefer individual sessions
  • Who cannot be seen in this clinic?

    We do not see patients who:

    • Have an eating disorder such as bulimia nervosa,
    • Patients who binge.
    • It is best for patients with significant depression to have treatment for the depression before being referred to this clinic.
  • What should I expect when I come to the Clinic?

    At your first appointment the doctor or dietitian will carry out an initial assessment which will include discussion of the weight loss programme.
  • About the weight loss programme

    The weight loss programme offers regular individual sessions with the dietitian or doctor, or both. The content of the sessions is tailored to the needs of the individual. The dietitian will discuss the nutritional aspects of weight loss whilst focusing on achievable goals. The doctor can look at some of the psychological issues related to obesity, using cognitive behavioural therapy techniques to look at unhelpful thoughts, beliefs, emotions and behaviours around food and eating. Some patients will also see the physiotherapist for help regarding physical activity, and/or the physician for physical health issues related to obesity. We may also run a group programme for some patients.

    The weight loss programme will aim to achieve a five to ten percent reduction in body weight which is maintained at 12 months. Patients who achieve this are offered 4 further appointments in our weight maintenance clinic over the next year.

  • Your appointment

    If you are unable to attend your appointment please let us know at least 48 hours beforehand so we can offer your appointment to someone else. If you do not attend your appointment without telling us we may refer you back to your GP.

    Following your treatment you will be referred back to your GP. However, patients who have lost at least 5% of their initial body weight you will be offered 4 further appointments in our Weight Maintenance Clinic over the next year.

  • Professional education and training

    The RLHIM is also a teaching hospital and from time to time other healthcare professionals may observe in outpatient clinics as part of a training course. We will always ask your permission for students to sit in during your consultation. You do not have to have students present if you would prefer not to.

 Contact details

Weight loss clinic
Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine
Weight Loss Clinic  
60 Great Ormond Street

Patient enquiries
Telephone: 020 3448 2000

GP enquiries
Telephone: 020 3448 2000
Fax: 020 3448 2004
Email: rlhimpatients@uclh.nhs.uk (not for referrals)

Service manager - Loretta Chinwokwu
Email: rlhimpatients@uclh.nhs.uk (not for referrals)

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