27th February 2018

Type 1 diabetics – are they getting access to enough testing strips?

Are your Type 1 Diabetes patients finding it difficult to access their blood glucose testing strips?

The relevant NICE guidelines set out the importance of access to blood glucose test strips-in some circumstances in excess of 10 strips per day, but more usually between 4 and 10-in the care and management of Type 1 diabetes and would encourage CCGs to work with local clinicians to ensure appropriate numbers of test strips are made available.

Are any of your Type 1 diabetes patients eligible for an insulin pump? Read the following document from NHSE and the diabetes.org.uk statement to find out more, and to start to give a better service in your practices for this important patient cohort

https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/letter-blood-glucose-monitoring-systems.pdf

https://www.diabetes.org.uk/professionals/position-statements-reports/diagnosis-ongoing-management-monitoring/access-to-test-strips-a-postcode-lottery

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