Diabetes kit, Diabetic Supply, Omnipod insulin pump from Insulet

LIVINGLIVING

DIABETIC SUPPLY

COMPANY PROFILE

D

avid Smith recently

launched a website

called Diabetic

Supply, from which

he sells a variety of

products related to diabetes care. He

was motivated to do this due to the

unexpected diagnosis of his son Evan

with Type I diabetes in June 2016 when

Evan was nine years old.

"It came out of the blue," says Smith.

"It was a complete shock as no one else

in the family had ever had diabetes. At

the time I was a financial director for a

group of companies, some of which were

involved in internet retail. As parents, we

want to support Evan as best we can,

including finding useful products for him

to use in order make it all a bit easier. We

wanted a carry bag for all his diabetes kit,

stickers for his devices, and yet we didn't

find these things easy to find online. For

example, we wanted to use Diasend to

send his blood test results to the hospital

and found we had to buy the USB cable

from Denmark to make it work. It just

didn't seem a very well-serviced area. and

thought we'd like to do something about

it, so we did."

Smith and his wife Emma started

talking about setting up a website, then

put one together in their free time, working

evenings and weekends while holding

stock in their garage. Smith recalls, "It

started as a bit of a hobby, but I left my job

a year ago in order to run the business. It

was a big deal. Since then we have new

supply chains, new products, and have

rebuilt the website. Our understanding

is growing and we are making more

connections in the community."

In the last six months Smith's focus

has been to make the site a one-stop

shop, so he has been broadening the

range of items available to buy. He says,

"It takes time to find products, make

contacts and start relationships. But

we have moved into new premises and

employed someone, so now we're keen

to tell people we are here!"

Available from the site are items like

kitbags, device stickers, hypo treatments,

diabetes ID jewellery, sharps boxes plus

day-to-day items such as blood meters.

Says Smith, "While it is a business, and

we need to make a profit in order to keep

going, we are also personally invested in

this. We have the choice to offer items that

don't necessarily make much us money if

we wish. Feedback from customers has

been great; we feel like we're making a

difference. Kids, teens, and young adults

really like the device stickers, they help

them to use their kit and stay on track

with their diabetes care."

Family motivation

Smith's son Evan uses an Omnipod

insulin pump and Dexcom's CGM system.

"When he was diagnosed, it was hard to

understand what had hit us as a family,"

says Smith. "We'd gone to the GP with

Evan with what we thought was a urine

infection. By midday he was receiving

an insulin injection in A&E at Ipswich

Hospital. It was an interesting morning."

Evan spent one night in hospital

although his blood glucose was high he

did not have ketoacidosis. The family left

Diabetic Supply's founder David Smith

Index

  1. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes information
  2. Diabetes UK Helpline
  3. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes information, Sue Marshall
  4. Dexcom buys Type Zero, JDRF UK, cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason
  5. Diabetes news, Now Pharmacy, Now Patient, Now Healthcare, Lee Dentith
  6. Diabetes news, Novo Nordisk buys Ziylo
  7. Medtronic Guardian Connect, Medtronic Enlite CGM
  8. diabetes food news, montezuma chocolate
  9. London Medical, London Diabetes Centre, private diabetes clinic
  10. MODY diabetes, Dr Andrew Hattersley, Professor Mark Strachan
  11. MODY diabetes, Dr Andrew Hattersley, Professor Mark Strachan
  12. MODY diabetes, Dr Andrew Hattersley, Professor Mark Strachan
  13. JDRF UK One Walk
  14. Accu-Chek Mobile blood glucose system
  15. Accu-Chek Mobile blood glucose system
  16. Diabetes kit, Natalie Balmain diabetes, Type 1 clothing
  17. Diabetes kit, Natalie Balmain diabetes, Type 1 clothing
  18. Diabetes kit, Natalie Balmain diabetes, Type 1 clothing
  19. Dexcom CGM, continuous glucose monitoring
  20. Medtrum Touchcare diabetes technology
  21. Medtrum Touchcare diabetes technology
  22. diabetes and coeliac disease, diabetes and gluten intolerance
  23. diabetes and coeliac disease, diabetes and gluten intolerance
  24. diabetes and coeliac disease, diabetes and gluten intolerance
  25. Ascensia Contour Next One Diabetes blood test meters
  26. OurPath programme, Roche Diabetes Care
  27. OurPath programme, Roche Diabetes Care
  28. OurPath programme, Roche Diabetes Care
  29. OurPath programme, Roche Diabetes Care
  30. Diabetes kit, Diabetic Supply, Omnipod insulin pump from Insulet
  31. Diabetes kit, Diabetic Supply, Omnipod insulin pump from Insulet
  32. Diabetes kit, Diabetic Supply, Omnipod insulin pump from Insulet
  33. Omnipod Insulet insulin pump with insulin pods
  34. Silla Bjerrum Robata Japanese grilling cookbook
  35. Silla Bjerrum Robata Japanese grilling cookbook
  36. Making Carbs Count pineapples
  37. Making Carbs Count pineapples
  38. Accu-Chek Insight insulin pump
  39. Accu-Chek Insight insulin pump
  40. Free diabetes magazine, living with diabetes, the diabetic diet, carb counting

Related Issues