Weight Management Service

St Columcille's Hospital

Change - Eat Well - Be Active

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get referred to the Weight Management Service?

You need a referral to the Weight Management Service. You can get this from your GP, hospital consultant or qualified healthcare professional.

How long do I attend the Weight Management Service for?

You attend the Weight Management Service for approximately 1 year. For the first 6 months you attend once a month and then once every two months after that. When your 9 appointments are over you will be discharged back to the care of your GP.

What happens at the appointments and how long do they last?

There are typically 3 types of appointment with the Weight Management Service. What each of them is about and how long they last are listed below;

The Group Appointment is the very first meeting you have with us and is held in a group setting. This helps to explain how the service works and answers some routine questions. This lasts about 2 and a half hour and is held from 1:30pm to 4pm..

The Initial Assessment Appointment. This appointment deals with you as an individual. Each member of our team (physiotherapy, dietitian, psychology and doctor) will conduct a full examine of you and different aspects of your health. This appointment is usually held first thing in the morning and takes about 3 to 4 hours.

Routine Follow Up Appointments. These type of appointments make up the rest of your journey with us. During these appointments we try to help you work through the barriers and difficulties that you face routinely and may have an influence on your weight management. During these appointments you will see the physiotherapist, dietitian and psychologist. This type of appointment will typically last about 2 hours.

If I can’t make my appointment what do I do?

To change or cancel your appointment please phone: 01 211 5042 or email: natalie.dawson@hse.ie.

We understand that sometimes people can’t make their appointments. In order to run our service effectively we appreciate 24 hours notice. If you fail to give us 24 hours notice we have to record your absence under the label “Did Not Arrive”. Unfortunately, due to HSE policy, if you are recorded as having 2 “Did Not Arrive” appointments you will be automatically discharged from the service.

Is the Bariatric Surgery performed at the clinic?

We are a conservative Weight Management Service, which means that bariatric surgery is only a very small part of what we do.

If you have expressed an interest in considering this type of surgery, at six months into your appointments with us we will discuss your case with our surgeon. Depending on how appropriate this option is for you, you may then move forward through the surgical arm of the service.

Currently the waiting list for surgery (from the time you meet the surgeon) is over 5 years. We realise that this length of time creates a very difficult situation and is far from ideal.