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Harmony Medical Diet Clinic in Wood Green Requires improvement

We are carrying out a review of quality at Harmony Medical Diet Clinic in Wood Green. We will publish a report when our review is complete. Find out more about our inspection reports.
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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 20 November 2012
Date of Publication: 22 December 2012
Inspection Report published 22 December 2012 PDF

Overview

Inspection carried out on 20 November 2012

During a routine inspection

We talked to one person who used the service. They said that they had been recommended to the doctor. They told us that they completed a medical form and were given a letter to take to their GP describing the consultation. They said that they found the consultation helpful and that they received a prescription for medicines and were going to come back in a week�s time to be weighed and to see if the medicines were of benefit.

We found that people were supplied with information about the medications the clinic was using and signed to consent to their use. The information noted that the medications were not recommended by NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) for the treatment and management of obesity.

We found that the doctor was treating people with a BMI (body mass index) over 23. NICE Guidance states that only patients with a BMI of over 28 should be treated, but there was evidence the doctor had consulted with the General Medical Council to discuss the rationale of treating a lower body mass index.