Update on Semaglutide (Wegovy®)
This medication has now been approved by the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) to support weight management in NHS Scotland.
All NHS Boards across Scotland are now developing local clinical pathways to safely support people who are eligible for this new medication. When this pathway has been agreed in NHS Forth Valley we will be able to accept appropriate referrals.
Local healthcare professionals will be able to advise when these clinical pathways have been agreed and the medication has been added to NHS Forth Valley’s drug formulary. This webpage will also be updated to confirm when the pathway has been finalised and referrals can be accepted.
Eating healthier food and being more active are important not only for our physical health, but also for our emotional health and well-being. A healthier weight can help reduce the risk of developing heart disease or (having a heart attack) stroke and can lower the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes and some cancers.
Having a healthier weight may help you:
- feel more energetic
- move better
- sleep better
- feel better about yourself
Are you ready to start on your weight loss journey?
It can be hard work trying to lower your weight and you may have tried many times in the past. It’s a good idea to start by reviewing you current habits, you may need to change:
- The types of food you eat
- The amount of food you eat
- How you cook foods
- Where you buy your food
- How active you are
- Habits you have
- How you feel about some foods
Making any long term lifestyle and dietary changes can take time and a lot of effort. It’s a good idea to get support and encouragement from someone you know, whether it be a family member, a friend or a work colleague.
Our Adult Weight Management service provides a range of programmes that are suitable for adults over the age of 18, living in the Forth Valley area. Unfortunately, they are not suitable if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Our team offers free advice and information to support you make healthier lifestyle changes, to help you lower your weight and keep it off. We deliver programmes as group sessions and as one-to-one appointments to support you on your weight loss journey. We can help you select the best programme to suit your individual needs and preferences.
Some of our programmes have specific criteria that has to be met – for example, you must have a specific medical condition or a Body Mass Index (BMI) over a certain range.
- Calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI) using the NHS BMI calculator.
- For information and resources for children and teenagers under the age of 18, visit the Child Healthy Weight section.