BOMSS Council member features in ITV programme ‘Weight Loss Ward’

The work of the weight loss unit at Sunderland Royal Hospital – and featuring BOMSS council member and consultant surgeon Peter Small – is being shown on television this month.

The ITV documentary ‘Weight Loss Ward,’ follows Mr Small and his team who undertake 600 operations a year at the unit and focuses on the human stories of some of the patients.

It also shows the specialist equipment necessary to undertake successful and safe bariatric surgery and to provide a good standard of care on the ward for patients.

Mr Small said: “The programmes focus on the patients and how they have to come to terms with all the changes needed to help ensure that surgery is successful. But the programme also reveals the team effort required to help people recover their health.

“It also shows how surgery is a cost-effective option for many, though not all, obese people and the problems facing the health service as an increasing number of people reach unhealthy weights with all the associated co-morbidities.”

Weight Loss Ward, ITV, Wednesday, December 12, 8pm and Wednesday, December 19, 8pm

New National Child Measurement Programme

New National Child Measurement Programme data have been published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre. The National Obesity Observatory (NOO) has updated two resources with this new data:
·         Child obesity e-atlas 
View data on the prevalence of child obesity at local authority level in England – and compare with regional and national figures
·         Slide set on child obesity  
Powerpoint slides of key data and information on child obesity in clear, easy to understand charts and graphics. 

All publications may be accessed via the NOO website

Interview with Richard Welbourn

Richard Welbourn, who will take over the presidency of BOMSS in January, has been featured in the new edition of Bariatric News. Mr Welbourn, a senior bariatric surgeon at Musgrove Park Hospital and Nuffield Health Hospital in Taunton, played a key role in the effort to develop the UK’s National Bariatric Surgery Registry, and is currently working on Version 2 of the Tegistry.

He also revealed that BOMSS is hoping to host a major international IFSO meeting in London, possibly in 2017. He added: “We’re also talking about having joint conferences with physicians. We’re aware that politically if we’re going to increase the provision of surgery we’re going to need to have joined-up conversations with all stakeholders.”

Bariatric Fellowship on offer

Through a gift from Professor David Johnston, the Royal College of Surgeons is offering a two-year  surgical fellowship at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg. The intention is to foster links between British and Swedish academic bariatric surgery. The successful fellow will join a research project led by Mr Torsten Olbers in the academic unit of Professor Hans Lonroth, both of whom are well known in the UK.

The fellow will be expected to work towards a higher degree. This is an excellent opportunity for the right individual interested in furthering academic bariatric surgery in the UK and further details can be found here: