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GP text asking for height and weight

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INeedNewShoes Fri 15-May-20 14:30:19

I've looked in Active and can't see any existing threads on this...

I have just received a text from my GP practice asking me to reply with my height and weight.

Is this a nationwide thing?

Are they using to categorise us into weight groups to calculate coronavirus risk?

Wishing I'd eaten fewer pieces of cake lately!

BernardsarenotalwaysSaints Fri 15-May-20 14:32:18

How odd. Maybe give the receptionist a call & ask the reason why?

R1R2 Fri 15-May-20 14:32:44

Nothing here although they already know i'm a fat ass although significantly less of a fat ass from the last time they saw me...

INeedNewShoes Fri 15-May-20 14:33:05

I don't want to bother them unnecessarily! I thought someone here might be able to shed some light on it.

BanKittenHeels Fri 15-May-20 14:34:00

How often do you visit your GP or practice nurse?

MinorArcana Fri 15-May-20 14:35:04

No messages like that from our GP.

I’d ring and ask why. I’d be too curious not to.

Iwalkinmyclothing Fri 15-May-20 14:35:33

Mine texted yesterday reminding me they are there if anyone needs MH support at this time (I thought it was really good of them tbh) but none of us have been asked for height/ weight. I'd phone the surgery if I were you and ask smile

INeedNewShoes Fri 15-May-20 14:36:27

I see my GP fairly frequently (every 3-4 months generally).

Redcrayons Fri 15-May-20 14:39:22

I’d suspect a scam of some sort if I got this? Although not sure what use it would be.

I’d phone the GP, why would they need to know this?

BlueBrian Fri 15-May-20 14:45:47

Might just be updating their records, my GP's receptionists rang up the other day about some test I hadn't bothered with, nothing urgent about it, think they're a bit quiet, and just going through stuff that's been missed.

Sparklyring Fri 15-May-20 15:04:45

Have you requested a repeat prescription of your pill?

INeedNewShoes Fri 15-May-20 15:08:24

I'm not on any hormonal contraceptives or any medication where weight is a factor.

I think they're just adding these details to all their patients' records.

Couchpotato3 Fri 15-May-20 15:10:37

Why would you not just send them the information if you trust that it is actually from your GP practice? Data on BMI/weight can be used to identify groups of patients who are at increased risk from certain conditions, so it might be used to invite you to screening or other health related benefits for you. It's normal for GPs to hold this sort of information for their patients.

awesomeaircraft Fri 15-May-20 15:34:08

Nope, no such text here. I second PP suggestion to call the practice and check, just in case it is a scam.

Wigeon Fri 15-May-20 15:48:21

That does sound odd. I’d be amazed if they are just speculatively adding height /weigh to all patient records - a typical practice has 10,000 patients. I’d also give them a call to check it’s not a scam and, if it’s not, to ask why.

londongirl12 Fri 15-May-20 15:50:07

Do you have any pre existing health conditions? Diabetes etc? This may make you a higher risk, and if you're overweight that increases the risk. I'm only guessing though...

LycraLovingLass Fri 15-May-20 15:52:43

Have you reached an age associated with an illness made worse by BMI or something? They could be seeing of you need tests of some sort.

INeedNewShoes Fri 15-May-20 16:52:34

Even if it is a scam I can't see the issue with giving my height and weight.

I'm just intrigued I suppose!

I'm not diabetic. I'm a couple of kilos into the 'overweight' category according to BMI and generally flit between this and the healthy weight category.

TJH130 Fri 15-May-20 16:53:56

Emergency powers given to Doctors. If you have a BMi which is too high they’ll issue a DNR order on your behalf

INeedNewShoes Fri 15-May-20 17:01:39

I'm pretty sure they can't do that!

TJH130 Fri 15-May-20 17:03:05

@INeedNewShoes protect the NHS innit

nibdedibble Fri 15-May-20 17:05:48

They cannot issue a DNR based on your BMI, FFS
Get a grip

TJH130 Fri 15-May-20 17:06:51

Probably a direct order from Ms Sturgeon

INeedNewShoes Fri 15-May-20 17:08:59

I know you're having a laugh but there are people on MN who might believe what you're saying confused

AnneLovesGilbert Fri 15-May-20 17:09:15

I had the same text yesterday, not a scam, I’ve had other recent messages from the same number eg about the practise pharmacy only doing deliveries not open to visit. I’d forgotten to reply. DH is at the same one but I don’t know if he got one.

I don’t know what it’s for but I’ve got an appointment on Monday so I’ll.

My measurements are on file since I registered a year ago and haven’t changed much so not sure what it’s for. Also not on hormonal contraception or anything.

Glad it wasn’t just me OP!

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