Costs spiral in fight to cope with obesity

This Is Wiltshire: Costs spiral in fight to cope with obesity Costs spiral in fight to cope with obesity

A RISE in obesity in Swindon has forced the Great Western Hospital to shell out nearly £85,000 since 2010 on larger equipment to care for overweight patients.

This comes after it emerged that the NHS chiefs across the UK spent £5.5m over the last three years adapting hospitals and buying specialist equipment to handle larger patients.

In Swindon the Great Western Hospital Trust invested £84,300 between 2010 and 2013 on heavyweight beds, chairs and hoists.

And over time, the amount of equipment needed increased.

In 2010-11, health bosses spent £18,000 on three 47st heavyweight hoists. The following year they purchased a pair of 50st heavyweight commodes worth £800.

2011-2012 saw the biggest investment with £55,500 spent on a heavyweight ICU bed, 44 new weight-bearing waiting room and patient chairs as well as 14 extra-wide patient bedside chairs.

In 2012/13, a further 12 extra-wide patient bedside chairs were ordered worth £10,000.

While this proved minor compared to other trusts across the country who went as far as buying reinforced beds, widening corridors or buying larger morgue fridges, it has meant tens of thousands of pounds were ploughed into offsetting the burden of growing obesity levels on day-to-day operations at the hospital.

And with obesity showing no sign to decrease or plateau, more could be spent in future.

“As lifestyles change we are seeing an increasing number of heavier patients and have therefore invested in new equipment so we can effectively treat these patients.” said a Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust spokesman.

“A few years ago we invested in a selection of equipment which is suitable for heavier patients including waiting room chairs, hoists and commodes, however this equipment can be used by most patients.

“The trust has an advisory group made up of a range of staff including porters, hospital equipment staff, nurses, dietitians, pharmacy staff and colleagues from the community who regularly review the care of heavier patients.

“The trust held an awareness day in June to raise awareness among the public and staff of weight management, bariatric care and the specialist equipment available.”

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10:18am Mon 7 Jul 14

alwaysannoyed11 says...

As a fitness professional for 10 years I have seen lots and lots of people wanting to lose weight. I have never trained anyone who couldnt lose weight but I did train a lot of people of wouldnt lose weight, whether they thought they didnt have the time or didnt want to give up certain foods or cut down. If they had time to watch TV they had time to train. I wasnt asking for hours a day but just something to get them out of a rut which they in turn unfortnately have got themselves into. Even people clients with thyroid problems lost weight. It comes down to will, confidence and support. I would love the NHS to give memberships to obese people and also personal training sessions this will free up a lot of doctors time and will reduce the cost of treatment massively.
As a fitness professional for 10 years I have seen lots and lots of people wanting to lose weight. I have never trained anyone who couldnt lose weight but I did train a lot of people of wouldnt lose weight, whether they thought they didnt have the time or didnt want to give up certain foods or cut down. If they had time to watch TV they had time to train. I wasnt asking for hours a day but just something to get them out of a rut which they in turn unfortnately have got themselves into. Even people clients with thyroid problems lost weight. It comes down to will, confidence and support. I would love the NHS to give memberships to obese people and also personal training sessions this will free up a lot of doctors time and will reduce the cost of treatment massively. alwaysannoyed11
  • Score: 15

10:40am Mon 7 Jul 14

house on the hill says...

alwaysannoyed11 wrote:
As a fitness professional for 10 years I have seen lots and lots of people wanting to lose weight. I have never trained anyone who couldnt lose weight but I did train a lot of people of wouldnt lose weight, whether they thought they didnt have the time or didnt want to give up certain foods or cut down. If they had time to watch TV they had time to train. I wasnt asking for hours a day but just something to get them out of a rut which they in turn unfortnately have got themselves into. Even people clients with thyroid problems lost weight. It comes down to will, confidence and support. I would love the NHS to give memberships to obese people and also personal training sessions this will free up a lot of doctors time and will reduce the cost of treatment massively.
But then that always raises the question of why shouldn't those who do make the effort get some help and support and memberships too? Why is it the more responsible you are the less money that is spent on you? It hardly encourages responsibility and dealing with consequences. Everyone seems to want the freedom of choice to live the life they want but no one wants to take responsibility for negative consequences and costs!
And no I am not saying we just leave them to die, i am just raising the question of how we deal with the cost of irresponsibility and should we in effect be rewarding it with "free" gym memberships and cosmetic operations at the tax payers expense. Why bother to look after yourself if someone else is always going to pick up the pieces (apart from basic self respect and what can only be very uncomfortable and life changing having all that weight to carry round).
Not an easy one to solve and maybe need to look at the bigger picture affecting society rather than a "quick fix" of gym and operations and drugs!
[quote][p][bold]alwaysannoyed11[/bold] wrote: As a fitness professional for 10 years I have seen lots and lots of people wanting to lose weight. I have never trained anyone who couldnt lose weight but I did train a lot of people of wouldnt lose weight, whether they thought they didnt have the time or didnt want to give up certain foods or cut down. If they had time to watch TV they had time to train. I wasnt asking for hours a day but just something to get them out of a rut which they in turn unfortnately have got themselves into. Even people clients with thyroid problems lost weight. It comes down to will, confidence and support. I would love the NHS to give memberships to obese people and also personal training sessions this will free up a lot of doctors time and will reduce the cost of treatment massively.[/p][/quote]But then that always raises the question of why shouldn't those who do make the effort get some help and support and memberships too? Why is it the more responsible you are the less money that is spent on you? It hardly encourages responsibility and dealing with consequences. Everyone seems to want the freedom of choice to live the life they want but no one wants to take responsibility for negative consequences and costs! And no I am not saying we just leave them to die, i am just raising the question of how we deal with the cost of irresponsibility and should we in effect be rewarding it with "free" gym memberships and cosmetic operations at the tax payers expense. Why bother to look after yourself if someone else is always going to pick up the pieces (apart from basic self respect and what can only be very uncomfortable and life changing having all that weight to carry round). Not an easy one to solve and maybe need to look at the bigger picture affecting society rather than a "quick fix" of gym and operations and drugs! house on the hill
  • Score: 12

11:49am Mon 7 Jul 14

Davey Gravey says...

It is clear that many of these bloaters do not have the sense of what to eat and in what amounts. Many of them will be on benefits too I'm sure. They should be provided with healthy food instead of getting cash and blowing it on rubbish which makes them fat. They are a strain on the nhs and the public purse.
It is clear that many of these bloaters do not have the sense of what to eat and in what amounts. Many of them will be on benefits too I'm sure. They should be provided with healthy food instead of getting cash and blowing it on rubbish which makes them fat. They are a strain on the nhs and the public purse. Davey Gravey
  • Score: 1

1:12pm Mon 7 Jul 14

house on the hill says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
It is clear that many of these bloaters do not have the sense of what to eat and in what amounts. Many of them will be on benefits too I'm sure. They should be provided with healthy food instead of getting cash and blowing it on rubbish which makes them fat. They are a strain on the nhs and the public purse.
So a police state then basically providing them with a set diet to keep them healthy????
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: It is clear that many of these bloaters do not have the sense of what to eat and in what amounts. Many of them will be on benefits too I'm sure. They should be provided with healthy food instead of getting cash and blowing it on rubbish which makes them fat. They are a strain on the nhs and the public purse.[/p][/quote]So a police state then basically providing them with a set diet to keep them healthy???? house on the hill
  • Score: 2

1:55pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Davey Gravey says...

@house Look at it as caring for those incapable of doing so themselves. Would help both the Fatties and the NHS.
@house Look at it as caring for those incapable of doing so themselves. Would help both the Fatties and the NHS. Davey Gravey
  • Score: -1

2:48pm Mon 7 Jul 14

swindondad says...

"In 2012/13, a further 12 extra-wide patient bedside chairs were ordered worth £10,000."

So some FOOL at GWH paid over £830 per chair, FFS just buy some two seater wooden benches from the garden center and get the cushions from the market £100 a set and people wonder TAX is so high.

NHS further money saving ideas are available and my commission is half of what I save you
"In 2012/13, a further 12 extra-wide patient bedside chairs were ordered worth £10,000." So some FOOL at GWH paid over £830 per chair, FFS just buy some two seater wooden benches from the garden center and get the cushions from the market £100 a set and people wonder TAX is so high. NHS further money saving ideas are available and my commission is half of what I save you swindondad
  • Score: 9

3:32pm Mon 7 Jul 14

cfa says...

I say eat what you like, just don't swallow it.
I say eat what you like, just don't swallow it. cfa
  • Score: -4

4:44pm Mon 7 Jul 14

off-the-record says...

So whilst people are slating over weight people, why dont the NHS mention how much money is spent on drug addicts, smokers etc... eating can become a habit just like the others!
So whilst people are slating over weight people, why dont the NHS mention how much money is spent on drug addicts, smokers etc... eating can become a habit just like the others! off-the-record
  • Score: 5

4:49pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Hmmmf says...

Wow. 84k over three years. The GWH 'Chief Executive" paid herself almost double that last year alone. The 'Director of Workforce and Education" gets more than that too. Oh and let's not forget the £21k in 'executive expenses' for 2012-2013.
It's much more fun to witch-hunt fat people and smokers, and blame old people for living too long when targets aren't met.
Wow. 84k over three years. The GWH 'Chief Executive" paid herself almost double that last year alone. The 'Director of Workforce and Education" gets more than that too. Oh and let's not forget the £21k in 'executive expenses' for 2012-2013. It's much more fun to witch-hunt fat people and smokers, and blame old people for living too long when targets aren't met. Hmmmf
  • Score: 5

4:39pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Antonio Lorusso says...

house on the hill wrote:
Davey Gravey wrote:
It is clear that many of these bloaters do not have the sense of what to eat and in what amounts. Many of them will be on benefits too I'm sure. They should be provided with healthy food instead of getting cash and blowing it on rubbish which makes them fat. They are a strain on the nhs and the public purse.
So a police state then basically providing them with a set diet to keep them healthy????
you been living under a rock if you don't realise that we already live in a "police state" and it keeps getting worse ... and the fact that it's not nowhere near as bad as the likes of north korea doesn't change what the UK has become
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: It is clear that many of these bloaters do not have the sense of what to eat and in what amounts. Many of them will be on benefits too I'm sure. They should be provided with healthy food instead of getting cash and blowing it on rubbish which makes them fat. They are a strain on the nhs and the public purse.[/p][/quote]So a police state then basically providing them with a set diet to keep them healthy????[/p][/quote]you been living under a rock if you don't realise that we already live in a "police state" and it keeps getting worse ... and the fact that it's not nowhere near as bad as the likes of north korea doesn't change what the UK has become Antonio Lorusso
  • Score: 1

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