New diabetes monitors rolled out to patients with type 1 diabetes

Author: Ingrid Torjesen

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Almost 30,000 patients with type 1 diabetes have received life-changing diabetes monitors. The innovative device, which is the size of a £2 coin and worn on the arm, means patients with type 1 do not have to carry out multiple painful finger-prick checks to monitor their blood sugar levels and can monitor their blood sugar levels continuously and in a much more convenient way.

There are over 250,000 people with type 1 diabetes in England and the NHS Long Term Plan committed to rolling out the monitors to these patients from April. In the first three months 28,453 patients have received the monitors and 177,521 more have been prescribed.

Professor Partha Kar, NHS national specialty advisor, diabetes, said: “Providing flash monitors on the NHS is a huge leap forward and it is fantastic to see the roll out make an instant impact, this is another example of how the NHS is making sure patients can benefit from the latest technologies.

“I’m thrilled with how many people are already benefitting from the device and doing away with inconvenient finger-prick checks, less than a year into delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan, tens of thousands of people are experiencing first-hand the difference that cutting edge treatments on the NHS are making for people living with type 1 diabetes across the country.”

Prevention minister, Jo Churchill said: “We are putting the power back in the hands of people with type 1 diabetes, so they can more easily manage their condition, from their smart phone. I look forward to these numbers growing, as more people are empowered to use this innovative technology to improve their quality of life.”

People who qualify for the monitor include:

  • People with type 1 diabetes who need intensive monitoring (more than eight times every day) as demonstrated in a review over the past three months.
  • People with diabetes associated with cystic fibrosis on insulin.
  • Pregnant women with type 1 diabetes for 12 months in total.
  • People with type 1 diabetes unable to routinely self-monitor blood glucose due to disability.
  • People with type 1 diabetes for whom the specialist diabetes multidisciplinary determines have occupational or psychosocial circumstances supporting a trial of the device.

The NHS Long Term Plan also commits to rolling out continuous glucose monitors from April 2020 for every pregnant woman with type 1 diabetes.

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