The Weigh Ahead

‘The Weigh Ahead’ specialist weight management service is hosted by Spire Southampton Hospital for NHS patients referred by their GP.

Over a six-month programme our team of experts will provide you with the tools you need to lose weight and lead a healthier lifestyle. Through a programme that is tailored specifically to your needs, “The Weigh Ahead” aims to help you lose at least 5-10% of your excess body weight to achieve improved health outcomes.

As well as general healthcare advice our programme includes:

  • Nutrition and dietary support
  • Specialist psychological therapy
  • Physical activity sessions
  • Access to clinics throughout Southampton, Hampshire, Dorset and Isle of Wight

For more information or to book, please contact 023 8076 4964

The Weigh Ahead programme

“The Weigh Ahead” weight management service programme aims to provide a six month programme, tailored to each individual’s needs and incorporates all appropriate interventions available. This tailored programme aims to support you to achieve a weight loss of at least 5-10% of your excess body weight and help sustain this over the years ahead. The programme also aims to assist you in meeting your personal health improvement goals and supporting them in making vital lifestyle changes. 

The programme includes:

Health screening and assessment
Monthly sessions with your health adviser to follow up on your progress and discuss any concerns or questions you may have. Your health adviser will also weigh you, take regular body measurements, and discuss your food diaries and activity levels to help you set realistic goals for the month ahead.

Motivation and change therapies
Small group or solo sessions run by a qualified therapist specialising in weight management to assist you in making behaviour changes towards a healthier lifestyle and to help provide on-going support.

Nutrition and cooking advice
Our “Eat Well” sessions are designed and led by our chef and nutritionists to look at simple affordable ways to help you (and your family) eat healthy and enjoyable food.

Activity sessions
These practical sessions are designed to help you become more active and improve your health. They are held with an exercise specialist and aim to help you find some activity and/or exercise that you can continue with independently both during and after your programme.

Access to specialists
Our team also includes consulting GPs, a dietitian and a physiotherapist amongst other specialist staff that you may be able to see or speak with. You may also be referred onto other specialist medical professionals if necessary.

Following your GP referral to “The Weigh Ahead” your case will be reviewed by our multidisciplinary team. If you are accepted onto the programme you will be made an appointment with one of our health advisers. This should be within one month of your initial referral.


‘The Weigh Ahead’ offers clinics at 18 sites across Southampton, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and Dorset. If there is a clinic location on this list that is more convenient for you please let us know at the time of booking your appointment. We will do our best to accommodate your request. 

Spire Southampton Hospital          
Chalybeate Close
SO16 6UY

 Perform Southampton
(part of Spire Healthcare)
Auckland Road

Rowner Health Centre
143 Rowner Lane
PO13 9SP

Ringwood Medical Centre
The Close
BH24 1JY

Friarsgate Practice
Stockbridge Road
SO22 6EL

The Grange Surgery
The Causeway
GU31 4JR

The Arnewood Surgery
Milton Medical Centre
Avenue Road
New Milton
BH25 5JP

Oak Park Community Clinic
Lavant Drive

Parkside Practice-
Knightwood Surgery
Pilgrims Close
Chandlers Ford
SO53 4SD

Fareham Community Hospital
Brook Lane
SO31 7DQ

Weston Lane Surgery
The Centre for Healthy Living
Weston Lane
SO19 9GH

The Dorford Centre
Bridport Road

Evergreen Oak Surgery 
43 Commercial Road 
BH14 0HU

Isle of Wight
Tower House
Rink Road
Isle of Wight
PO33 1LP

Medina Healthcare
Wootton Bridge Surgery
Brannon Way
Wootton Bridge
Isle of Wight
PO33 4NW

Exercise sites

Your personalised programme will involve a number of physical activity sessions. Exercise sites offer a mixture of some, or all, of the following physical activity sessions: group classes, gym-based exercise or home-based exercise. It may be necessary to book your place in advance, please speak to your health adviser for clarification.

Bitterne Leisure Centre

Dean Road
SO18 6AQ
023 8043 7647

Gosport Leisure Centre

Forest Way
PO13 0ZX
023 92 534950

Perform Southampton

Auckland Road
SO15 0SD
023 8076 4348

River Park Leisure Centre

Gordon Road
SO23 7DD
01962 848700

QM Sports Centre

Cliddesden Road
RG21 3HF
01256 418301

New Milton Health & Leisure Centre

Gore Road
New Milton
BH25 6RR

Ringwood Health & Leisure Centre

Parsonage Barn Lane
BH24 1PX


Information for Healthcare Professionals

‘The Weigh Ahead’ Tier 3 Specialist Community Weight Management Service for severe and complex obesity will provide you with an extra option to support patients who are obese, and help your patients and your team manage their obesity. The service has been designed to lead to better outcomes for your patients and to be more cost effective to the NHS in the longer term.

Referral criteria:

  • Patients must be aged 16 or over
  • Patients must have a BMI ≥ 35 (with co-morbidities; see list of significant co-morbidities below) OR a BMI ≥ 40 (without co-morbidities)
  • Patients must have complied with a range of weight loss interventions at Tiers 1 and 2 of the pathway over a two year period and have failed to achieve or maintain weight loss goals.

Full referral guidelines including significant co-morbidities we accept and the service exclusions are available.

Training and education packages for primary care:

‘The Weigh Ahead’ offers one hour workshops/education sessions for individual practices where you can select from a variety of topics. Additionally, education and training sessions are held at Spire Southampton Hospital on specified dates. These sessions will provide delegates with the opportunity to extend their knowledge base around obesity and develop practical skills for working with obese patients.

 Some examples of workshops offered by ‘The Weigh Ahead’ are:

  • Running in house weight management clinics
  • Assessing readiness to change and use of motivational interviewing
  • Weight management pathways (Tiers 1-4)
  • Weight loss for patients with mobility restrictions
  • Emotional eating/binge eating

For more information or to book, please contact 023 8076 4964.