What is the Bupa Weight Management Plan?

The Bupa Weight Management Plan is for those looking to lose weight through both healthcare support and medication. The plan aims to help you lose weight in a safe and sustainable way, starting with an initial consultation with a Bupa GP.

Customers with diabetes are not eligible for the Weight Management Plan.

The use of Wegovy may affect your diabetes treatment. If you have diabetes, please discuss weight management options with your usual clinician. You can find out more about who can’t use Wegovy® in our dedicated section.

How does the Weight Management Plan work?

What happens before starting the plan?

What support do I get during the plan?

Eligibility and your BMI

How much does it cost?

You will receive a call from our Weight Management admin team to take payment for your first four pens. This prescription will have enough for four weekly doses of Wegovy®. It will be sent out after payment and you’ll receive it within two days.

The admin team will be able to book you in for your lifestyle coaching call. They can also give you their number to call back so book later if that's more convenient. You'll be given the phone number for the Bupa Anytime HealthLine, too. If you have any questions or need more support you can call the number night or day.

After another three and a half weeks, the admin team will call you again. They'll take payment for your next Wegovy® prescription and arrange your next lifestyle coaching call.

If you are able and choose to use the ongoing monthly plan after the first 20 weeks our team will contact you every four weeks to take payment and arrange delivery.

If you have any queries or are unsure about using Wegovy®, our team can chat to you about your options.

Wegovy® is a medication (semaglutide) that suppresses your appetite. It acts like a naturally occurring hormone (GLP-1) that’s usually released after you eat. It works by making you feel fuller for longer.

Studies have shown positive results on weight loss when combining Wegovy® with behaviour change support. Those who use Wegovy® can lose on average 5-10% of their body weight after 16 weeks. After a year this can rise to 15%.

Wegovy® has also been shown to improve things like blood glucose and cholesterol levels. The amount of weight you can lose differs based on three factors:

  • your personal situation
  • the support you receive
  • how long you take Wegovy® for

Unfortunately, not everyone can lose weight by using Wegovy®.

Yes. Wegovy® has been approved already by regulators in the:

  • USA
  • UK
  • EU

It's safe and effective for weight loss in those with a BMI over 30 (or over 27 with a weight-related condition).

Wegovy® should be taken once a week. Ideally, this should be on the same day and time to reduce the chance of a missed dose.

Wegovy® doesn't have to be taken with a meal. More information can be found in the Wegovy® instruction booklet that comes with your medication.

Yes, Wegovy® can cause side effects. The most common reported side effects are:

  • feeling or being sick
  • diarrhoea
  • constipation
  • tummy pain
  • burping
  • dizziness

This list doesn't contain all the common side effects. More information can be found in the Wegovy® instruction booklet that comes with your medication. Most of the side effects are mild and go away in a few days or weeks.

Acute pancreatitis is a very rare side effect of Wegovy®. Your GP will be able to answer any questions you may have about side effects in your initial consultation. If you have any queries after you start the Plan you can talk to a nurse using the Anytime HealthLine.

There is evidence that you are likely to gain weight when you stop using Wegovy®. This is similar to other weight loss medications. If you stop using Wegovy® it's important to stick to a healthy diet and exercise plan.

If you start using Wegovy® again after taking a break from the injections, you will need to start the Plan again.

Wegovy® shouldn't be used if you:

  • have severe kidney disease
  • have heart failure
  • have severe liver disease
  • have a history of pancreatitis
  • have a history of retinopathy
  • are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • have historically had an eating disorder
  • have had a serious allergic reaction to semaglutide

Your doctor will decide whether it's safe for you to use Wegovy® when looking at your medical history.

Those with diabetes aren’t eligible for the Weight Management Plan with Bupa. If you have diabetes please discuss weight management options with your usual clinician.

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