Weighing Scales for GPs

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What is a GP scale?

A GP scale is a weighing scale intended for use in GP surgeries. GP scales range from baby scales, to adult floor scales and chair scales for patients who need to be seated when weighing.

Marsden GP scales are Class III Approved in accordance with recommendations in the National Legal Metrology Project report (2015).

 

What is Class III Approval?

Scales that are Class III Approved have been built, tested, verified and calibrated to a specific standard. The Non-Automatic Weighing Instruments (NAWI) directive states ‘all scales used in the determination of mass in the practice of medicine patients for the purpose of monitoring, diagnosis and medical treatment must be medically approved’.

 

How do I know which GP scale to choose?

Marsden has a range of scales suitable for any GP surgery, from easy to use floor scales for consulting rooms to 3-in-1 scales for weighing babies, children and adults.

Column scales have a column-mounted indicator which is perfect for patients who are unable to bend down. The M-100, M-110 and M-125 feature an optional height measure for easy BMI calculations. Floor scales are popular because they are robust, lightweight and portable and perfect for consulting rooms. Popular GP floor scales include M-420, M-425 and M-550, our lowest priced Class III Approved floor scale.

Baby scales are highly accurate, with solutions for toddlers and young children - we recommend the M-300 and M-400 for GP surgeries. Alternatively the Marsden M-700 is a three-in-one baby, toddler and adult scale with baby bowl, large platform and built-in seat.

 

How accurate does my GP Scale need to be?

Class III scales are subject to rigorous testing to give the user peace of mind when weighing. The NAWI Directive states legally Class III Approved scales need to be used “weighing patients for the purposes of monitoring, diagnosis and medical treatment.”

For adults, scales used for regular monitoring of weight changes or for assessing weight in medical treatment need to be accurate to 200g. When weight is used in critical diagnosis, these scales should have graduations to 50/100g.

Find out more in our white paper: How accurate do my weighing scales need to be?

Where can I find out more?

As a leading supplier of medical scales to the NHS, Marsden’s range of GP scales can cater for your surgery’s needs. You can click on each of the products above to see their key features and to place an order, or you can find out more and place an order by giving us a call on 01709 364296.