1. Get the Diabetes Forum App for your phone - available on iOS and Android.
    Dismiss Notice
  2. Guest, we'd love to know what you think about the forum! Take the Diabetes Forum Survey 2021 »
    Dismiss Notice
  3. Diabetes Forum should not be used in an emergency and does not replace your healthcare professional relationship. Posts can be seen by the public.
    Dismiss Notice
  4. Guest, stay home, stay safe, save the NHS. Stay up to date with information about keeping yourself and people around you safe here and GOV.UK: Coronavirus (COVID-19). Think you have symptoms? NHS 111 service is available here.
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Find support, ask questions and share your experiences. Join the community »

Blood checks for Type 1s

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by dave3389, Mar 17, 2017.

  1. dave3389

    dave3389 · Member

    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    7
    Trophy Points:
    23
    Hey everyone, a quick question. Has anyone had a letter from their doctors surgery telling them you have to have a certain meter ? Got a letter lAst week telling me I was no longer allowed to use my contour does this sound right ?
     
  2. azure

    azure Type 1 · Expert

    Messages:
    9,780
    Likes Received:
    7,400
    Trophy Points:
    178
    Hi @dave3389 :)

    If it's a meter you don't like, get your DSN to contact your surgery. That might help. My surgery gave me a hopeless meter so I just carried on using the one I had and explained why I needed to.
     
    • Agree Agree x 1
  3. dave3389

    dave3389 · Member

    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    7
    Trophy Points:
    23
    The meter I currently use is fantastic connects to my iPhone etc. When I phoned the drs the diabetic nurse said every patient is getting the same meter as it's cheaper on test strips. Was curious to see if this has happened to anyone else
     
  4. novorapidboi26

    novorapidboi26 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,831
    Likes Received:
    1,857
    Trophy Points:
    178
    Unless you need a specific function of a meter like a bolus calculator or Bluetooth/wireless technology it wont be an issue....

    its likely they want to keep costs down by getting you to use cheaper test strips....
     
  5. Sibyl

    Sibyl Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    176
    Likes Received:
    170
    Trophy Points:
    103
    My DSN said that within reason Type 1s can have any meter they want. She also said many GP surgeries don't know that Type 1s have different entitlements re meters and strips (because of carb counting I believe).
     
  6. azure

    azure Type 1 · Expert

    Messages:
    9,780
    Likes Received:
    7,400
    Trophy Points:
    178
    Was that the surgery nurse or the hospital DSN? If it was the surgery one, you could try the DSN. If you can show why you need your current meter, that might be enough.

    If your surgery nurse is like mine, their knowledge of Type 1 may be lacking...
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Agree Agree x 1
  • Meet the Community

    Find support, connect with others, ask questions and share your experiences with people with diabetes, their carers and family.

    Did you know: 7 out of 10 people improve their understanding of diabetes within 6 months of being a Diabetes Forum member. Get the Diabetes Forum App and stay connected on iOS and Android

    Grab the app!
  • Tweet with us

  • Like us on Facebook