We know that coming in to one of our clinics for the first time can be a big step. So, the apprehension of not knowing what to expect at your initial weight loss consultation can be a little daunting. We want to take away any worry you might be feeling and put your mind at rest by detailing exactly what happens at your first appointment. Our specialist doctors are friendly, understanding and want to help you achieve your goal of losing weight.
What will happen at my initial weight loss consultation?
When you arrive at your weight loss consultation, you will be welcomed by one of our brilliant clinic team and given a form for registering your details. Following that, you will meet one of our weight loss doctors. They will start off by getting to know you, including any major struggles you might be facing in terms of your weight.
The doctor will also ask you about your medical history and any other medication you may already be on. This helps them to assess your suitability for our prescription medication and if you are suitable, they will give you more information about the medication recommended to help your weight loss journey and any side effects to look out for.
Once you have discussed possible medications, your medical weight loss doctor will go into more detail about your individual weight loss programme and how the medication will be monitored. As well as this, they will recommend diet and lifestyle changes to ensure you get the most out of your time at The Slimming Clinic.
At the end of your weight loss consultation, they will take you through a consent form and the benefits of informing your GP of your new treatment plan (although this is not mandatory) and prescribe your medication.
What will the doctor be checking during my consultation?
During the consultation, your weight loss doctor will be looking for any reasons that would deem you unsuitable for treatment, such as medications that cannot be taken alongside appetite suppressants or any health-related issues.
They will also measure your height and starting weight to calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI). You will also receive a simple physical exam, including an assessment of your heart and lung health.
How long is my consultation?
Your initial consultation with The Slimming Clinic doctor is between 35-40 minutes.
What will the doctor want to discuss with me at my weight loss consultation?
The most important part of the weight loss consultation with your doctor is to build trust, whilst ensuring you are treated with respect and dignity. Your weight loss specialist doctor will ask you about your weight struggles in the past and your reasons for joining The Slimming Clinic.
They will also be interested to find out about any weight loss methods you have previously tried and how you found them, as well as any activity you are currently partaking in.
This will help your doctor to build a bigger picture about you and enable them to build a treatment plan that is completely tailored to your needs.
Following this conversation, the doctor will discuss what being a patient at The Slimming Clinic entails, what the treatment plans are and the prescription medication options are available to you individually.
What do I need to bring to my first consultation?
The most important thing to bring to your weight loss consultation (apart from yourself!) is your photo identification. You can’t be seen by your doctor without it.
It’s also helpful if you can bring a copy of an up to date prescription of any medication you currently take, as well as any medical notes or doctor letters that may be relevant. However, this is not essential at your appointment.
What should I wear?
It’s important that you are comfortable at your initial consultation with us. When attending your weekly consultations with your weight loss doctor, we recommend wearing light and loose clothing to ensure we get as accurate a measurement of you as possible.
We do suggest that you avoid heavy jewellery, belts and watches and you should be prepared to remove your shoes and socks to be weighed on our scales.
What happens in future weight loss consultations?
Following your initial weight loss consultation, we will invite you for weekly appointments with your doctor to discuss your progress.
These follow up appointments are crucial to your weight loss journey, as they allow us to track your progress and make amendments to your programme where necessary. Alongside a discussion about your week, your doctor will weigh you and take any other measurements as necessary. They will discuss the changes you’ve implemented to your lifestyle and how they have worked for you.
Our weight loss doctors can help with any questions you have about the medication and dispense your next prescription of your appetite suppressants.