WIGAN’S health chiefs have called in the specialists to help them deal with the town’s growing obesity problem.
NHS Ashton, Leigh and Wigan has turned to Aintree University Hospital Trust to deliver its Specialist Weight Management Service in the local area.
Aimed at patients with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 and above, the programme is working with more than 1,000 people from the borough whose health may be at risk due to their weight.
The service is delivered locally at venues including Robin Park, Howe Bridge, Claire House in Ince and Leigh Health Centre.
The partnership is part of NHS Ashton, Leigh and Wigan’s Lose Weight Feel Great Specialist Weight Management Service which is a FREE weight loss service tailored specifically to each person to help them lose weight and keep it off for good by combining healthy eating advice with physical activity.
With a BMI of 40 plus, patients taking part in the Specialist Weight Management Service are all too aware of the dangers of carrying excess body weight and what this can mean to their quality of life and more importantly their health.
Patient Eileen Walshaw has seen a drastic improvement in both her breathlessness and angina attacks as a result of her weight loss since joining the service.
Having lost two stone in less than nine months, Eileen is now waiting to be approved for a knee replacement operation which will also help towards improving her quality of life.
Suffering from episodes of sciatica, bi lateral pulmonary embolisms and a deep vein thrombosis, patient Phil Rollins was persuaded by his wife to attend an appointment with the service.
Phil attended meetings with dietitians who suggested healthy alternatives to his favourite foods and introduced a programme of low impact exercises, which were both easy to keep up and to do at home.
With healthier living and eating, Phil has seen a weight loss of more than five stone, coupled with significant improvements to his health.
Jane Pilkington, Assistant Director of Health Improvement at NHS Ashton, Leigh and Wigan added: “These patient case studies provide a real insight into how both patient quality of life and health have been dramatically improved and we implore anyone who has concerns about their weight to come forward and register for the service.”
Padraig McQuaid, Specialist Weight Management Service Dietitian from Aintree Hospital University Trust said: “The service is specifically designed to help our patients lose weight and keep it off for good through a programme of healthy eating, increased activity and improvements to their lifestyle.
“While we understand that our patients may struggle at first with making these life changing adjustments, it is our role to provide the support and guidance they need to ensure their overall health improves.
People concerned about their BMI being over 40 can receive more information by calling 01942 496 496.