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Burntwood, Lichfield and Tamworth Support Group celebrates first year success

A local group set up to support patients who are facing or have experienced treatment to manage their weight has just celebrated its first birthday.

The Burntwood, Lichfield and Tamworth Support Group was established for patients facing life with a weight problem to enable them to come together with like minded people to share their experiences, concerns and knowledge.

Membership of the Group, set up by Chris Bates who is now their Chairman and, Gillian Rudge, Dietician, South Staffordshire Primary Care Trust (PCT) has increased over the last twelve months and positive friendships have been made.

Echoing the views of the group, Chris Bates, Chairman said;

“We have all come a long way in the past twelve months; making friends and sharing our pre and post surgical knowledge. Between us we have experienced at least four types of procedure. Almost everyone has gained confidence and strength from meeting others in similar situations.”

Gill Rudge, Dietician and Professional Executive Committee member, South Staffordshire PCT added;

“The support has been a two way process, as the PCT has really valued the contribution of this group and would like to thank them for their fantastic input into developing our vision for the future.

“We have worked in close partnership with the group from day one to get their views about weight management services. They have given us an insight that we wouldn’t otherwise have and brought a welcome reality to the subject. This insight is now contributing to the PCT review of our current bariatric policy.”

However the PCT considers bariatric surgery as the last line in treatment and to support this they are working with partners across the area to support people to change their life style shifting the balance of treating people when they are sick – to prevention – keeping people well including maintaining a healthy weight and taking more exercise.

Through the life style services, developed by the PCT, people can access free, one-to-one confidential advice, to help them make positive lifestyle changes and achieve their personal health goals.

The service incorporates a weight management programme for people wanting to lose and maintain a healthy weight which includes advice and guidance about healthy eating, weight loss and physical activity. To find out more about contact 01827 306190.

Anyone wishing to join the Burtonwood, Lichfield and Tamworth Support Group or find out more should contact 079677 52643.

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