Rotherham Institute for Obesity (RIO)


The Rotherham Institute for Obesity (RIO) is a specialist centre for the management of obesity. 

It forms the basis of the middle tier of intervention for adults and children with weight problems, as part of the overall NHS Rotherham obesity strategy.  It has a multidisciplinary team approach to tackling weight by providing specialists in all aspects of the current thinking in weight management. 

This includes:

  • Dedicated Obesity Specialist Nurses (OSNs)
  • Healthcare assistants (HCAs) with specialist weighing and measuring equipment
  • Dietetics input for complex dietary needs
  • Group work and cooking skills education in our on-site kitchen
  • Talking therapists for psychological and counselling input
  • A physical activity specialist with on-site gym facilities
  • A doctor with a specialist interest in obesity (GPwSI) for any prescribing issues
  • Access to local bariatric surgeons and other secondary care specialists if meeting appropriate criteria
  • Pre-op assessment for adults who may be suitable for surgery and triage of children who may be suitable for Carnegie Camps.

Referral criteria for adults

BMI > 40 or BMI > 30 (or waist circumference > 102cm in men

or 88cm in women) with increased risks

Referral criteria for children

BMI centile > 99.6th or BMI centile > 95th with increased risks

For more information

Lynn Senior, RIO Supervisor ,Rotherham Institute for Obesity (RIO)

Clifton Medical Centre, The Health Village, Doncaster Gate, Rotherham,

S65 1DA

Tel: 08444773622 or Fax: 08444773831  

Last reviewed: 11/03/2011

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