Complications of Excess Weight (CEW) Service

Welcome to the Complications from Excess Weight Service (CEW) at University Hospitals Plymouth (UHP) - Derriford site. Our service works with Children and Young People with complications of excess weight such as diabetes, metabolic liver disease, sleep apnoea and poor mental health. We are here to support you through a collaborative model of care, which means we will work together to find the best way to improve your health.  

How will the service work? 

The CEW service is run by a specialist multi-disciplinary team (MDT) and children and young people will need a referral from a local paediatrician or specialist service using our referral form. All children and young people will have an assessment at home where they will meet a member of the CEW team. The initial home visit will help you to make an informed decision as to whether you would like to be supported by the CEW service. During this visit a CEW team member will walk you through what to expect and gather any relevant information, which will help assess your individual needs and care planning and help prepare you for your hospital-based clinic appointment. We aim to make all treatment support easily accessible, so you will have very few appointments at UHP -Derriford site. This includes video and telephone appointments, online support as well as support at home or near where you live. 

What services we will be providing?  

We are here to provide you with expert advice and support to become healthier. Helping you have a healthier lifestyle and having better health: 

  • Eat differently: Healthy eating ideas, increasing motivation, meal planning, support for picky and binge eating, low calorie eating plans, meal replacements 
  • Get more active: finding the right activity, accessing low-cost activities, help with pain and stiffness, building up physical fitness, increasing motivation, reducing barriers to exercise, collaborating with a CEW activity group hosted through Marjon University. 
  • Sleep better 
  • Specialist medical advice about medical conditions related to weight, such as type 2 diabetes 
  • Medication may be available to control hunger and appetite, in some circumstances.   
  • Signposting and support to and from other services. 

We are a non-emergency service and work Monday and Friday 8-6, messages will be responded to within these hours by a member of the MDT team. 

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