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


Our registered dietitian, Rhoda Sutherland, has many years' experience in weight loss methods and offers a non-surgical weight loss programme. This involves a comprehensive assessment of your lifestyle, measurement of body fat and muscle, and the creation of a diet and exercise programme individually tailored to you. After the initial consultation you may have as many, or as few, follow up appointments as you would like - there is no pressure. We offer flexible appointment times including early mornings and Saturdays.

Providing you with the tools you need to lose weight and lead a healthier lifestyle

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


Meet the team

Faye Keefe, MSc RNutr ABANT

  • Nutrition and Health Advisor

Faye completed a degree in Health Sciences in 2001, she specialised in nutrition gaining a Master’s degree from Southampton University in 2006 and achieved full registration as a Registered Nutritionist with the UK Association of Nutrition (AfN). She has worked for the NHS, Local Authority, Private Organisations and as a freelance Practitioner. She has led projects in Hampshire Schools promoting healthy eating, developed nutritional training packages and has taught undergraduates at Winchester University.

Faye is a member of The British Association of Nutritional Therapists (BANT), she is an accredited Weight Management Practitioner with Counterweight, and has qualifications in cognitive behavioural therapy and motivational interviewing.

Wendy Holloway

  • Administrator

Wendy is the Administrator for the Weight Management Service, she is responsible for logging patient referrals onto the database, co-ordinating the clinics both at Spire Southampton Hospital where she is based, and those that are held off-site. Wendy also spends a lot of her time liaising with patients and GP surgeries. 

Lin Copland

  • Psychological Therapist

Lin has a general nursing background and has always had an interest in what makes people tick. She started her psychotherapy training in 1992. She has worked as an Eating Disorders Therapist for 11 years for the Priory Group, working with a range of eating disorders. More recently Lin has trained as a cognitive analytic practitioner which helps to focus on how our own behaviours can be self-sabotaging and offers individuals an opportunity to change.

Lin believes that people with eating disorders use food (or deny themselves it) to cope with difficulties. She is interested in what maintains the problem and therefore helps the individual to make sustainable changes in their lives, which improve the quality of their well-being.

Deb Glanville

  • Bariatric Nurse

Deb is a Bariatric nurse at Spire Southampton Hospital.  For many years she has been working with patients (pre-assessment and ward based) having weight loss surgery procedures including gastric band, Roux-en-y gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy.

Rhoda Sutherland

  • Registered Dietitian

Rhoda is a bariatric surgery dietitian and nutrition support manager for all surgical, medical, oncology and radiotherapy in-patients and out-patients at Spire Southampton Hospital. Rhoda provides dietetic support for The Weigh Ahead, to both colleagues and patients.

Rhoda is a member of The British Dietetic Association, The Health Professionals Council, Dietitians in Obesity management UK (DOM UK), British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society (BOMSS), and British Association of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (BAPEN).

Jamie Redwood

  • Nutrition and Health Advisor

Jamie studied to be a Nutritionist at Sheffield University where he gained a BSc (Hons) in Nutrition Health and Lifestyles. He is very passionate and strives to make a difference to his patient’s lifestyles. Jamie’s nutritional knowledge helps him to understand patient’s food intake, and he analyses food diaries in detail to produce an individual tailored food plan. Having worked in the catering industry as a chef, Jamie is also able to provide his patients with recipes that he has produced to coincide with his tailored food plans. With both nutritional and cooking experience Jamie has taken a keen role in the development and execution of the ‘eat well’ component to our program where he works alongside our other inspirational nutritionist.

Wendy Rye

  • Nutrition and Health Advisor

Wendy has been a nutritional therapist for five years since completing her foundation degree with the Institute for Optimum Nutrition. She works with patients on a one-to-one basis, focusing on the practical side of weight management and the conditions associated with being overweight and obese. To help patients achieve their weight loss goals, Wendy tailors their program individually and helps each patient choose healthy foods and meal plans which work for them and fit into their lifestyle.

Wendy believes that educating patients as to why their particular food choices/eating patterns are unhealthy is vital for those who need to make important lifestyle changes. With this knowledge and practical guidance, Wendy aims to enable each patient to start their journey towards a healthier future.

Josh Lamburne

  • Exercise Specialist

Josh has been working within the fitness industry since 2009. In 2010 he started working with special populations including people with disabilities, learning difficulties, obesity and pre and post-natal clients.

In 2012 he joined the Weight Management Service team at Spire Southampton Hospital. His role within this team is prescribing exercise to aid in each patient’s weight loss goals, whilst making it fun and progressive and motivating patients to get the best out of each session. Josh will put together a personalised programme which he reviews and modifies as patients progress with their weight loss.

Dr Mark Bruce

  • Counselling Psychologist

Mark completed the doctorate in Counselling Psychology at Glasgow Caledonian University. He is now a Counselling Psychologist and has worked at the Spire Hospital, Southampton for a year. Since starting at ‘The Weigh Ahead’ he has restructured the psychological programme offered to patients and presented to GP’s about how to support obese patients with mental health difficulties.

Mark has been working within the obesity management sector for three years. Prior to joining Spire, Mark worked as the Deputy Clinical Director at a residential, therapeutic weight loss camp for children and young adults.

Sally Thornley

  • Nutrition and Health Advisor

Sally studied for a BSc in Clinical Nutrition at the University of West London, specialising in the Functional Medicine model. Sally is an active member of BANT (British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy) and CNHC (Complimentary & Natural Healthcare Council). Sally says her studies and clinical training have helped her develop a deep understanding of how to guide clients towards achieving their weight loss goals, while improving their overall health. Sally currently works as a Nutrition and Health Advisor with patients on an individual basis over a six month period, assessing and providing nutritional support and advice to each patient in order to help them achieve their weight loss targets. Each patient plan is tailored to their needs, paying particular attention to existing co-morbidities such as diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease.

Sally says

I believe long-term weight-loss can be achieved by focusing on three things, eating the right foods, daily exercise and reducing stress. Fortunately, at ‘The Weigh Ahead’ we can support you with all three.

Hannah Willoughby

  • Nutrition and Health Advisor

Hannah studied Nutrition at the University of Surrey, gaining a first class BSc(Hons) degree. She has a special interest in weight management and exercise for health and is currently studying for a Master’s degree in Sport and Exercise Nutrition. Hannah works as a Health and Nutrition Advisor, helping clients make sustainable lifestyle changes and achieve their weight loss goals.

Eve Riggs

  •  Psychological Therapist

A qualified as a Chartered Counselling Psychologist since 2003 from Metropolitan University in London. Eve has experience in working in Adult Mental Health, mainly in GP surgeries but also as part of a Community Mental Health Team. Primary Care counselling services gives the opportunity to work with a wide variety of mental heath issues. Eve joined the team in 2015 as a Counselling Psychologist enjoys motivating, encouraging and supporting people through their weight loss journey while on the programme.

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.