UK Blood testing guidelines for diabetes

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Fight for your rights

With the NICE guidelines and DVLA/DVA

requirements, it's not right to restrict test

strips or force people to use a meter that

isn't compatible with their needs.

Nikki Joule, Diabetes UK's Policy

Manager, told Desang: "Self-monitoring

of blood glucose levels is an essential

part of diabetes management for people

who treat their condition with insulin, so

it's important that they have access to

blood glucose meters and other selfmonitoring equipment that best supports

their individual needs.

"Many other people with diabetes can

also benefit from self-monitoring, and

if people with the condition are refused

their meter of choice this could affect

their ability to manage their condition

effectively, with potentially devastating

implications for their health.

"While the only requirement for the

type of meter prescribed is that they meet

the recommended clinical standards,

NICE is clear in its guidance that individual

needs must be taken into consideration

when making prescribing decisions about

blood glucose meters."

Taking this into consideration, it's

important that you know your rights

and to challenge any of the restrictions

you face when it comes to test strips.

Diabetes UK is calling on governments

and the NHS to make sure people with

Type 1 diabetes don't face restrictions to

test strips, as well as demanding a review

of the national guidance about access to

strips for people with Type 2. The charity

has even created a pack to help you

challenge your restriction to test strips,

which can also help you if you're being

asked to change to a meter that won't suit

your needs. It covers how to approach

challenging your restriction depending on

how and why the decision was made, as

well as how to make a case for why and

how often you need to test.

It's worthwhile to challenge it. Diabetes

UK found that when people challenge

restrictions to test strips, they're almost

always successful. So, if it's affecting you,

stand your ground, and do what's right for

you: a meter that suits your needs with

the right supply of test strips.

For more information on Diabetes

UK's Testing times campaign go to

www.diabetes.org.uk/testing-times

FUTHER INFORMATION

To see the NICE guidance on Type 2

diabetes in adults CLICK HERE.

To see the government's guildlines

on driving with diabetes (various

documents depending on the type of

diabetes and type of vehicle),

CLICK HERE.

For Diabetes UK's own guide to

diabetes and driving CLICK HERE.

Diabetes UK

found that when

people challenge

restrictions to

test strips, they're

almost always

successful.

"

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