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Just about to buy a monitor

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by WasntMe, Jun 28, 2021.

  1. WasntMe

    WasntMe Type 2 · Active Member

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    Do all test strips ‘fit/work with’ all monitors?
     
  2. DisFanJen

    DisFanJen Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    To my knowledge you need to get the right strips for the right monitor.

    I believe there is another thread on here that mentions the best one to get for value for money.
     
  3. Rachox

    Rachox Type 2 (in remission!) · Master

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    Yes, you definitely need the right strips for your chosen meter. I would give you the low down of meters available in the UK but I notice from a previous thread that you live in Japan. Just make sure whichever meter you pick has reasonably priced strips as that will be your ongoing expense, rather than looking for the cheapest meter initially.
     
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  4. Riva_Roxaban

    Riva_Roxaban Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    You need the correct strip developed for your brand of meter, there is no generic strip that will work in all meters.
     
  5. WasntMe

    WasntMe Type 2 · Active Member

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    I’m in the UK for the next month at least. And figured the strips are the iceberg under the tip.

    If you do have an idea of which meters work with reasonably priced strips?
     
  6. Goonergal

    Goonergal Type 2 · Master
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    The meter with the cheapest strips is the Gluco Navii. https://homehealth-uk.com/all-products/glucose-navii-blood-glucose-test-strips-50-strip-pack/. https://homehealth-uk.com/all-products/gluconavii-blood-sugar-meter-glucose-monitor-starter-kit/

    There are also discount codes for when you come to buy more strips - "navii5" and "navii10" will give you 20% off purchases of 5 packs of strips and 25% off 10 packs of strips. Buying a pack of 10 boxes of strips using the discount code works out at £5.68.

    The SD Codefree from Home Health has similarly priced strips, but is rumoured to be being discontinued at some point.

    The Tee2+ from Spirit Healthcare also has relatively cheap strips, (although they have recently gone up in price): https://shop.spirit-health.co.uk/products/copy-of-copy-of-tee2-blood-glucose-meter
    with the strips found here: https://shop.spirit-health.co.uk/products/copy-of-tee2-test-strips

    I got a free Tee2+ by phoning up to order the meter and 10 boxes of strips and they threw the meter in for free. Phone number 0800 8815423. I daresay Home Health would do the same.

    Also from Spirit Healthcare, with more expensive strips than the Tee2+ is their Caresens Dual. This can be used for testing ketones too (strips for that very expensive). https://shop.spirit-health.co.uk/collections/caresens-dual

    Don’t forget to check the box (or mention on the phone) to say you have diabetes so you can buy VAT free. (for all meters and strips)
     
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  7. WasntMe

    WasntMe Type 2 · Active Member

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    I think I can get it VAT free anyway, when I leave the UK. They mention that I need to order the 'correct type' regarding the units in which the measurement is given. But presumably it's simple enough to convert in your head from one standard to another?
     
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  8. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    mmol/l is the UK (and most other places) measure
    mg/dl is the US unit
    multiply UK by 18 to get US.
     
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    centaur68 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    apologies as its probably on a thread somewhere, but can you get strips on prescription or just buy them yourself? thanks
     
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  10. Kyambala

    Kyambala Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Good morning Centaur68, If you live in the UK and have Diabetes then you can get a meter and test strips for FREE from your local Surgery. All your test strips will come on prescription for free if you use the meter type prescribe by your GP.

    You can of course get whatever meter you want FREE from the manufacturer BUT you local Health Authority will only provide for FREE test strips for the meter they recommend.

    Have a nice day.
     
  11. Kyambala

    Kyambala Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks bulkbiker, I never realised that the conversation was that simple - you are a wealth of knowledge.
     
  12. Kyambala

    Kyambala Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Good afternoon Wasntme, Whilst you are in the UK you can get one FREE meter with 10 test strips from ANY meter manufacturer just by asking them on the Internet.

    You have been given some very good information by others on this thread.

    Have a nice day.
     
  13. Rokaab

    Rokaab Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Not quite correct I'm afraid, many T2's do not get test strips on prescription at all, those on insulin or other blood glucose lower medications will (or should do at least), but if not on them then its a lot lot less likely (dependent on postcode)
    Anyways, I think this has probably gone off topic, oops :(
     
  14. Riva_Roxaban

    Riva_Roxaban Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Which will see you through the first day of testing, including a few mistakes.

    Then you will have to get your wallet out and pay whatever the price is for the strips.
     
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  15. KennyA

    KennyA Type 2 (in remission!) · Moderator
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    Sadly not true. Most GPs are reluctant to prescribe meters and strips so unless you have one who will (and if you're not "lawfully and permanently a resident in the UK" you're not actually entitled to register with a GP anyway) you will be paying for them yourself.
     
  16. MrsA2

    MrsA2 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    If you are going to be buying in bulk be aware the strips have a use by date. My current ones have a date of 2022/11
     
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