At the Independent General Practice our GP and specialist weight loss physician Dietitian, Dr Sue Kenneally (MBBS MRCGP MSc (NutMed) ANutr) offers initial and follow-up consultations where she will spend time understanding your goals and aims as well as conducting a thorough nutritional assessment.
Using evidence-based nutrition, Dr Kenneally will provide advice and support and you will work together to devise and set goals that are achievable and realistic to help you make steps towards fulfilling your goals.
On booking your initial consultation, you will receive a food diary to complete, usually consisting of what you eat over three weekdays and one at the weekend. This will help give Dr Kenneally an idea beforehand of the best way to approach your weight loss.
Your first consultation will be 60 minutes and will consist of:
A discussion of your history concerning your weight and weight loss, and exploring what has led to weight gain with the intention of resolving/managing this.
A review of your current lifestyle diet, physical activity, sleep, stress and the food diary completed prior
Various examinations such as weight and body composition, waist circumference and general examination assessing for end organ damage
A blood test is optional and provides the ability to assess a number of key bio-markers enabling a more thorough and person specific weight loss plan. Some prescription wight loss medication require blood tests before prescriptions can be issued.
Calculating your Epworth Score
Goal setting - Using principles of motivational interviewing to set weight related goals
Prescription where appropriate Orlistat, liraglutide, Mysimba
Follow up consultations are carried out at determined intervals where assessment can be made and if necessary alterations to your plan can be implemented.
Following her graduation from Barts Medical School in 1995, and qualifying as a GP in 2001, Dr Kenneally returned to the University of Surrey to study a postgraduate degree in nutrition. Qualifying her as a nutritionist registered with and regulated by the Association for Nutrition (ANutr). She then went on to found the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine after meeting many likeminded colleagues with strong interests in weight loss and lifestyle medicine.
Dr Kenneally is SCOPE certified (the only internationally recognised qualification in obesity management) and works with the Association for the Study of Obesity and the University of South Wales tutoring on their weight management course.
No, although Dr Kenneally is a highly qualified specialist in weight loss all our GP's have experience in lifestyle medicine and can provide advice and guidance as part of a normal GP consultation.