If you’re struggling to lose weight with just diet and exercise, you’re not alone. Sometimes, you need an extra helping hand to reach your weight loss goals safely.
Recently, the words “Ozempic” and “Wegovy” have been popping up in global weight loss news. These are medications that have shown incredibly exciting and promising results and backed by scientific research.
Labelled a “gamechanger” for tackling obesity, and with the UK seeing over a quarter of its population suffering with obesity, it is no wonder that the NHS are seeking to make us of this weight loss injection.
WeGovy (semaglutide) is a prescription medication used for weight loss. It works by mimicking a hormone called GLP-1, which regulates appetite and food intake. When used alongside a healthy lifestyle, WeGovy can help reduce appetite, calorie consumption, and unwanted cravings. Wegovy has recently been approved for the UK market, but it may be difficult to determine who can use it. WeGovy has been shown to be effective in helping people lose weight and maintain weight loss over time. However, the question remains: can you get WeGovy on the NHS?
What is WeGovy?
WeGovy is a once-weekly injection that is used to help people who are overweight or obese lose weight. It is the name for an injection pen containing the medication semaglutide, and marketed towards combatting obesity.
It was approved for use by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in 2023 for adults with a body mass index (BMI) of 35 or more, who have been diagnosed with obesity-related diseases, and have not achieved weight loss with other treatments. However, people with an BMI between 30-34.9 with weight-related issues who are eligible for referral by the NHS to specialist weight management services could also be prescribed the drug.
WeGovy works by mimicking the hormone GLP-1, which is usually created in the intestines after eating a meal, thus reducing appetite and food intake. By mimicking this hormone, WeGovy can help increase feelings of fullness, leading to lower calorie intake and weight loss.
Where can I get WeGovy?
WeGovy is currently available within medical weight loss treatment programmes with health and wellness clinics like Bodyline. With Bodyline, the process is very simple. Once you’ve gotten in touch with our fantastic customer service team, we can decide which prescription medication is perfect for you and your weight loss goals based on your medical history and measurements.
You will then come into one of our many clinics across the North-west or have an online video call with one of our nurses who can help advise you on the best course of action. We’ll provide you with your WeGovy prescription medication and explain the best dos and don’ts while taking semaglutide. Across your initial 12-week medical treatment programme, you’ll be fully supported and guided by our team of nurses and clinicians who want to help you be the best version of yourself: healthy, happy, and confident.
With WeGovy at Bodyline alongside diet and exercise, we can guarantee incredible weight loss just like over 100,000 others using our medical weight loss services. Just read them for yourself!
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Can I Get WeGovy on the NHS?
The short answer is yes, you can get WeGovy on the NHS, but only if you meet certain criteria. As mentioned above, WeGovy is approved for use by NICE for adults and available on the NHS. You need a BMI of 35 or more, or have a BMI 30 to 34.9 and have been diagnosed with obesity-related diseases, and have not achieved weight loss with other treatments.
If you meet these criteria, your doctor may prescribe WeGovy as part of your weight loss treatment plan. However, it’s important to note that WeGovy is a new medication for the NHS, and there may be waitlists involved.
At Bodyline Clinic, we offer personalised weight loss programs that are designed to help you achieve your weight loss goals in a safe and sustainable way. We can offer our proven bespoke services to anyone with a BMI of over 27 in the presence of at least one weight loss related comorbidity.
If you are unsure what your BMI is, you can work with this handy tool.Our programs include the best medical weight loss treatments, nutrition counselling, and exercise advice to help you lose weight and keep it off for good. If you’re interested in learning more about our weight loss programs, contact Bodyline Clinic today at 0800 995 6036 or fill in our online contact form for a call back. Our team of experts can answer any questions you may have and help you determine which treatment options are right for you.