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Semaglutide (Wegovy) to be available on the NHS

Robbie Puddick
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Robbie Puddick

Medically reviewed by

Fiona Moncrieff

3 min read
Last updated April 2024

When will Wegovy be available on the NHS? | How do I qualify for a Wegovy prescription on the NHS? | Can I get Wegovy without a prescription? | How much will Wegovy cost? | Why choose Second Nature?

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has announced that the weight-loss injection semaglutide (Wegovy) will be available on the NHS alongside Second Nature and three other digital weight-loss programmes when the pilot project launches.

As of yet, there’s no confirmed date for the pilot’s launch.

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When will Wegovy be available on the NHS?

Wegovy is available now on the NHS through specialist weight management services. You can find out more about this here.

Second Nature’s pilot with the NHS and Wegovy hasn’t launched yet and there’s no confirmed date.

How do I qualify for a Wegovy prescription on the NHS?

You’ll need to pass strict eligibility criteria to be approved for a prescription of Wegovy alongside access to the Second Nature programme.

This includes a BMI over 35 and living with at least one obesity-related comorbidity, such as high blood pressure.

Can I get Wegovy without a prescription?

No, you’ll only be able to get Wegovy with a prescription. But you won’t necessarily need to obtain this prescription via the NHS, you’ll also be able to apply for a prescription via private healthcare companies. 

As confirmed in the Spring, you can purchase Wegovy from UK pharmacies when it becomes available. However, you’ll still need to meet the eligibility criteria for the medication and receive approval from the prescribing pharmacist.

How much will Wegovy cost?

Getting a prescription for Wegovy via the NHS will be free (outside the typical £9.65 prescription charge). However, if you don’t qualify for Wegovy via the NHS, you can expect to pay at least £299 monthly in 2023.

These prices may come down in 2024 as more semaglutide manufacturing plants are produced, but at the moment, everything is in very short supply due to the popularity of Wegovy and Ozempic.

We’d generally recommend trying Second Nature’s weight-loss programme before considering a weight-loss jab. Changing your habits is the most sustainable way to achieve long-term weight loss, and it’s also less expensive.

Why should I buy Wegovy from Second Nature?

If you’ve decided that you would like to try Wegovy and can’t access Second Nature via the NHS, and you also meet the eligibility criteria, then you might ask yourself the question: Why choose Second Nature over other providers?

Our answer would be: for peace of mind

Second Nature is the only UK company that provides private weight-loss injections and is also trusted by the NHS to provide weight-loss services.

The NHS has used Second Nature for over 6 years, and we ensure we abide by the highest levels of data security and patient safety.

With that, we believe there comes a level of authenticity and peace of mind that other providers cannot match (e.g. Boots, Superdrug, Juniper, Numan, Manual, etc).

If you want to go with a company with a proven track record of providing the most effective digital weight-loss programme to the NHS (as proven in our official scientific publications in the British Medical Journal, and others), then give us a go.

Wegovy information

Product name Wegovy
Active ingredient Semaglutide
Manufacturer Novo Nordisk
Price £229
What’s included?
    • Access to a registered nutritionist or dietitian five days a week via our award-winning app
    • Weighing scales and our hardback recipe book
    • Peace of mind that we’re the only Wegovy provider who’s also trusted by the NHS to deliver weight-loss services
Second Nature Trustpilot rating 4.8/5
Second Nature Trustpilot reviews 6,888 (as of January 2024)
Availability In stock
Description Once weekly weight-loss injection
Administration Subcutaneous injection (multiple sites like the arm, stomach, or leg)
Presentation Injection pen
Available dosage 0.25 mg, 0.5 mg, 1 mg, 1.7 mg, 2.4 mg
Drug class GLP-1 receptor agonist
When pregnant/breastfeeding Not permitted


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