"Helping my autistic son lose weight"

About: Stobhill Hospital

(as a parent/guardian),

I have been trying to get help & support with my adult son's weight issues to no avail, I feel the issue is being ignored. As his mother & carer, I am very worried about the health of my son, due to his excess weight (25st) & because diabetes is in the family & his Aunt is now blind.

My son was not accepted for weight management at GRI because of his learning disability. His autism causes him to have food behaviours & his routine food issues of eating the same thing day in & day out is hard to incorporate a diet for weight loss.

There is no help for the vulnerable disabled people's health & wellbeing regarding complex needs obesity in this 21st century, I am awaiting help from Stobhill Learning Disability Team & have been waiting a number of years for help to kick in & actually take my worries seriously.

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Response from Greater Glasgow & Clyde NHS

Dear lindabelle

Thank you for taking the time and trouble to provide your feedback. We are sorry you have experienced difficulties in accessing weight loss support for your son and we are keen to help.

The Well Do Weight Loss Project for Adults with Learning Disabilities would be a good place to get in touch with. Leanne Harris, who is based at Gartnavel Royal Hospital, is the contact and her number is 07554 316255.

Hopefully Leanne can help move things forward for you and your son.

Kind Regards

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Update posted by lindabelle (a parent/guardian)

Thanks, I phoned for a bit more information, so an info pack will be sent out, although this seems more for research regarding Learning Disability?

There must be help for vulnerable disabled suffering complex obesity on exercise cardio workouts at leisure centres or hospitals run by NHS teams? to help people with obesity that diet alone due to disability wont work ie; that's why GRI could not take my son on their programme!

I am looking for actual help on the cardio side of weight loss on a programme, where my son can have much needed support to lose this excess weight that will in due time affect his health & wellbeing!

Response from Paul Cannon, Head of Administration, Acute Services Division, Greater Glasgow & Clyde NHS

Dear Lindabelle

We have been in touch with our Learning Disability Liaison Team Lead regarding your son's care. I would be grateful if you could contact me with your son's details at paul.cannon@ggc.scot.nhs.uk and I will arrange to have these details passed on to this team who may be able to assist you further.

Kind Regards

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