Life-changing technology for diabetes sufferers in Somerset

PUBLISHED: 14:00 09 May 2018

The new technology will help people to monitor their condition.

The new technology will help people to monitor their condition.

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A life-changing new technology which will reduce the risk of amputation, blindness and stroke, is available to people with diabetes in Somerset.

Flash glucose monitoring records people’s blood glucose levels via a small sensor on their skin – enabling them to control their condition better.

The device will reduce the risk of serious diabetes-related complications which can occur when the condition is not managed properly.

Diabetes UK successfully campaigned for the technology to be available on the NHS last year and Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has now approved its use so patients who meet the criteria will be able to receive it free of charge on prescription.

Somerset CCG covers towns and villages including Cheddar, Burnham, Highbridge, Axbridge and Wedmore.

Annika Palmer, from Diabetes UK, said: “It’s really good news people in Somerset will be able to get Flash free of charge on prescription.

“This sadly isn’t the case for everyone living with diabetes across the country and even within the South West.

“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 elsewhere in the South West and across the country to ensure everyone with diabetes who could benefit from Flash gets it, no matter where they live.”

People with diabetes have too much glucose in their blood because their body cannot use it properly.

Many sufferers need to monitor their blood glucose levels, which is usually done with a finger prick blood test and a meter.

Flash glucose monitoring uses a small sensor to record blood sugar levels continuously and can be checked by scanning the sensor whenever needed.

The technology will help people to keep on top of blood sugar levels so they are more in control of the condition.

Even though it is available on the NHS, its use is subject to approval by local health bodies.

To find out whether you are eligible, how to access it and how to make a case for it to be available, visit www.diabetes.org.uk/get_involved/campaigning/flash-glucose-monitoring

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