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4:15 PM 20th September 2018

Life-changing Diabetes Technology Now Available

A new technology that is potentially life-changing for many people with diabetes is now available across Kirklees and Huddersfield.

After Diabetes UK successfully campaigned to make Flash Glucose Monitoring available on the NHS last year, health leaders from NHS North Kirklees and Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) have approved its use, which means some people with Type 1 diabetes who meet local criteria will be able to get it free of charge from their hospital specialist diabetes team for the first time.

Diabetes is a condition where there is too much glucose in the blood because the body cannot use it properly. Many people with diabetes need to self-monitor their blood glucose levels. This is usually done with a finger prick blood test using a meter that indicates the blood glucose level at the time of the test.

Flash Glucose Monitoring is a different technology which uses a small sensor that people wear on their skin. The sensor continuously reads and stores the last eight hours of glucose readings which can be read by scanning the sensor when required. It can free people from the pain of much of their frequent finger prick testing, making it easier to keep on top of sugar levels.

Crucially, the device can help with better control of the condition and, in turn, reduce the risk of serious diabetes-related complications such as amputation, blindness and stroke.

Even though in principle it is available on the NHS, its use is subject to approval by local health bodies, and there are still many areas in the country where it is not offered. Diabetes UK wants to see people all over the UK, who can benefit from the ground breaking technology gain access to it.

Rachel Martin, Improving Care Manager at Diabetes UK, said: “It’s really good news that people in North Kirklees and Greater Huddersfield who can benefit from Flash will be able to get this new technology free of charge. This sadly isn’t the case for everyone living with diabetes across the country.

“We believe everyone with diabetes should have access to the right technology to support them, not just those who can afford it. We are calling on local decision makers across the country to ensure everyone with diabetes who could benefit from Flash get it, no matter where they live.”

To find out if Flash is right for you, what you need to do to access it and how you can make the case for it to be made available in your local area, go to www.diabetes.org.uk/get_involved/campaigning/flash-glucose-monitoring

In the Kirklees area, patients will be advised if they are eligible for flash glucose monitoring by their hospital specialist diabetes team. Further information and eligibility criteria can be found on the CCG websites:

https://www.northkirkleesccg.nhs.uk/news/approval-of-flash-glucose-monitoring/

and

https://www.greaterhuddersfieldccg.nhs.uk/approval-of-flash-glucose-monitoring/

You can also call the Diabetes UK helpline on 0345 123 2399, Monday to Friday, from 9am to 6pm or email helpline@diabetes.org.uk