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Thursday 22 August 2019
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Being referred for surgery

Your GP can no longer refer you directly to us for surgery. You must be referred to us by a (non-surgical) Specialist Weight Management Service, such as the service offered here at Salford Royal Hospital. To see how your GP can refer you to this service please click here (link Medical Weight Management Service).

 

To be eligible for surgery (and therefore to be referred to us) you must have:

  • completed 12 to 24 months of (non-surgical) specialist weight management including education regarding the dietary and lifestyle changes needed to make surgery a success
  • a BMI of 40 kg/m2 or more
  • a BMI between 35-40 kg/m2 in association with other significant disease (for example, type 2 diabetes, heart disease or high blood pressure)

 

In some rare cases, bariatric surgery can happen sooner, for example in those with life threatening medical conditions where weight loss would allow for effective treatment. These patients still require a referral, but can be referred directly from NHS England to our service – Ask your GP for details.