A weight-loss injection which suppresses the appetite is now available at all Boots and Lloyds Pharmacy branches.
After Britain was confirmed as the most obese nation in Europe, the jab – which is named Saxenda, or is sometimes referred to as Liraglutide – is intended to suppress a person’s appetite and works by mimicking a hormone called GLP1, which is the hormone that is released after you eat to let you know you’re full.
When combined with a low-fat food plan and moderate levels of activity, users of Saxenda should expect to lose 5% of their body weight over three months.
It is not recommended if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, or have certain health conditions, such as liver or kidney problems.
On Saxenda’s website, it says that common side effects for those taking the injection include nausea, tiredness, constipation and low blood sugar, among other things, and among the serious side effects it lists “thyroid tumours, including cancer”.
It is important to note, however, Saxenda is a weight-loss aid and not a cure that works without major dietary and lifestyle changes.
First approved in the UK in 2017 and initially only available through private prescription, Saxenda was recently rolled out on the NHS under strict criteria, which means that to get access to the jab at the likes of Boots and Lloyds Pharmacy, you will have take an online questionnaire and match such criteria that changes depending on the individual.
Saxenda is now available at all Boots and Lloyds Pharmacy branches / Credit: Flickr
In most cases, you have to be 30 or above on the Body Mass Index (BMI) scale and have tried other methods of losing weight before being accepted for Saxenda.
During the online consultation, you will be asked about your medical history and symptoms, and your answers help assess your suitability for treatment.
If accepted, you can pick up your jabs in store or have them delivered for free to your home. Saxenda comes in a 3ml pre-filled injection pen, with a single pen lasting 17 days and a pack of three covering 4.5 weeks.
A pack of three pens costs £150 and a pack of five is priced at £240.
Saxenda® (liraglutide 3mg) is a once daily prescription medicine and always needs to be prescribed by a licensed healthcare professional.
Boots Saxenda® prescriptions are issued by a doctor and collected in store. Lloyds pharmacy dispense their prescriptions under a Patient Group Directions (PGD). PGD’s are documents in the U.K. National Health Service that permit the supply of prescription-only medicines to groups of patients, without individual prescriptions.
A look at the plans to turn historic Ancoats mill with rich musical heritage into new apartment complex
Hodder + Partners have just revealed new CGIs and a more detailed look at the plans for their redevelopment of the longstanding Brunswick Mill in Ancoats which is set to become a brand-new apartment complex.
The proposals to turn the once creative space with decades of musical heritage into a new residential site were revealed back in 2021 and approved within just a few months, despite having been met with plenty of resistance given its history and cultural significance.
Nevertheless, Northern company Big Red Construction recently kicked off the £50+ million renovation on behalf of developer Arrowsmith Investments and the apartments are projected to be finished in 2026.
With that in mind, the architectural designers Hodder have just released a new look at what Brunswick Mill is set to look like once completed:
The short trailer gives a glimpse at the history of the Brunswick Mill space and what it’s set to become.
Set to transform the historic industrial mill-turned-creative space and music studios on the edge of New Islington into 153 new apartments, ranging from one, two and three-bedroom residences, the redevelopment will be spread across two phases.
In line with designs by Hodder + Partners, the initial phase involves converting the existing mill building and the construction of new four and seven-storey elements to accommodate the remaining 127 homes on the Bradford Road plot in Ancoats.
Big Red Construction, who are also working on the Peelers Yard building for CERT Property and Myprotein founder Oliver Cookson, are expected to complete phase one by the first quarter of 2026.
Here’s another look at what living space people are already buying up:
The bathroom plans.‘New with the old’ bedroom-designs.A first look inside the Brunswick Mill flats. (Credit: Supplied)
Along with Hodder + Partners as architects, the project team also consists of HW Consultancy who are covering structural aspects, Manchester firm Clancy for mechanical and electrical considerations, as well as AM Pyro as fire engineers.
With property company Orlando Reid serving as estate agents for the project, 42 out of the 153 apartments have already been sold off-plan, with managing director Baljit Arora describing it as “an exciting period for all parties involved and for the city of Manchester”.
This is just the latest chapter in the continued regeneration of the Ancoats and the New Islington areas, which remain two of the most heavily re-developed areas in the city centre and Greater Manchester as a whole. You can see other hot properties in and around the region HERE.