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GP changing my meter to save money

Discussion in 'Diabetes Soapbox - Have Your Say' started by DiabeticDi, Nov 20, 2018.

  1. DiabeticDi

    DiabeticDi Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for replying, so you would say it is pretty accurate? I read some stuff about it not being accurate so it is very helpful if you say it is. But I also read on Diabetes UK Website that it was designed with Type 2 in mind and for those who test infrequently? I am so stressed about it all.
     
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    DiabeticDi Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    DiabeticDi Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I may have to do that. I just do not understand why all these different meters are around supposedly making life easiwer for us then the GP can come along and say no you're having this cheaper one. It is illogical and wrong. My own diabetes nurse team don't want to know, nor does Diabetes UK who were totally nonplussed when I spoke to the Careline.
     
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    DiabeticDi Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    DiabeticDi Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Well not according to my doctor! Is that in writing anywhere? I am going to find it hard to just get them to let me stick with my own finger pricker!
     
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    DiabeticDi Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    DiabeticDi Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I know that Multiclix and Fastclix drums can be used with any meter, but when I asked if it would be possible to stick with them but have the new meter and strips, even that was met with "well they're trying to cut costs across the board, not just with the strips£. I am really going to have to argue my case as a visually impaired person, I can't go back to individual lancets with tiny tops to screw back on!
     
  8. Boo1979

    Boo1979 Other · Well-Known Member

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    My line of arguement with the Gp if I was a T1, would be about the potential dangers of not having a meter that is able to check ketones given the risks of DKA and the unreliability of pee sticks for measuring ketone levels
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    Most / all NHS areas / CCGs will have ha list of approved meters. The guidelines should differentiate betwee what is appropriate / prescribable for different type of diabetes eg these are the ones for Birmingham and surrounding areas
    http://www.birminghamandsurroundsformulary.nhs.uk/docs/acg/GUIDELINES FOR CHOICE OF BLOOD GLUCOSE METERS FINAL AND SMBG.PDF
    These are for another
    http://www.barkingdagenhamccg.nhs.uk/downloads/For-health-professionals/Medicines-management/Guidance/Blood Glucose Meter recommendations for GP practices APC final version.pdf
    Have a Google for your areas reccomendations / dictats
     
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    #28 Boo1979, Nov 21, 2018 at 5:10 PM
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  9. KK123

    KK123 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Now that is interesting Mel, I was given one by my Dr and the strips for it. When I bought a better one they refused to give me the strips for it on prescription saying they would only provide the strips for the one THEY gave me.
     
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    LooperCat Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Well, it’s certainly the case where i am in Wales. Perhaps it’s different in England?
     
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    Tipetoo Type 2 · Expert

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    I buy my own Multiclix and Fastclix lancet drums, they are not that expensive to buy if you want to keep on using them.
     
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    Mickyduff Type 1 · Active Member

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    I'm in Derby, and I also got told that, as a type 1, I can use any meter I like.
    For type 2 they provide a 'standard' one which they provide, and you have no choice over.
     
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    zand Type 2 · Expert

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    I don't think many T2s get a free meter, most have to self fund and can therefore choose which one to use.
     
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    Depends what meds youre on. With Glilazide or insulin T2s should get a meter (see NICE guidelines) but with other meds or diet control its unlikely that meters will be provided. Some GPs give the meters to newly diagnosed T2s (the Gp practices get them free from the manafacturers any way) but then wont prescribe strips beyond an initial 1 or 2 tubs to help wih initial diet planning / monitoring and understanding trends etc
     
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    Prem51 Type 2 · Expert

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    I don't think the TEE2+ (orTEE2) is completely accurate. They both seem to read a bit lower than my Accu Chek Mobile - only about by 0.2 mmol/L, but obviously that could be a problem for T1s who are calculating their insulin dose. It doesn't matter too much for T2s not using insulin who are only monitoring their bgs.
     
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    Mr_Pot Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Or your Accu Chek Mobile is reading too high. If the three meters are within 0.2 mmol/L that is well within tolerance.
     
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    Ann1982 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Dr changed my meter as well to the true you meter. It kept losing readings and wS hopeless at downloading data. I actually self funded for the contour next one after my HbA1c went from 50 to 64! The doc finally agreed with me and now prescribes the test strips for me yay success. My HbA1c is going down now thank goodness.
     
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    Can you clarify which part of the country you are in, please? Not all parts of the NHS are the same and I do not want to comment unless I know the Scottish NHS is the part you are referring to. It is a rather different ball game.
     
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    Daibell LADA · Master

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    All meters have to be accurate to within +/- 15%.
     
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