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Testing Before Driving + 2 Hourly

Discussion in 'Driving and DVLA' started by Plockton, May 30, 2013.

  1. Plockton

    Plockton Type 2 · Active Member

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    Hi - with regard to the above - I am a Type II - on insulin - and have recently found out about the DVLA rules for testing before driving and then every 2hours during the journey. I have looked at the new Accu-Check Mobile meter as I thought this might be ideal to use in the car - to save all the paraphinalia(?) that one normally takes along when testing away from home - but I can't see that there are replacement items once that first 50 tests have been done Does anyone know if these can be obtained and - also whether this meter would be available from the gp/on prescription.
     
  2. Hobs

    Hobs Type 2 · Master

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    Yes, even though you are a T2, you will be given NHS scripts for test strips and lancets because you are on insulin.
     
  3. angieG

    angieG Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I have one and get my stuff on prescription. You can also buy the test cassettes from Boots (other retailers are available) as they usually have stock. A while back I was running out as my surgery dispensary couldn't do my prescription until the beginning of the next month due to their suppliers having reached their allocated quantity so I asked at my local Boots if I could buy some and let they let me have them as dispensary price (about £26 for 2 cassettes instead of about £27 for 1 cassette).
    I have had this problem a couple of times since with my surgery and now get a script to take away if they haven't stock so I can go to Boots to get some as they usually have them.

    They are very practical from the driving point of view for testing on the road. I was offered an alternative the other day after my carb counting follow-up course meeting that would work out my bolus figures for my meals etc but it had separate strips and lancet again so I refused it and stuck with the Accucheck Mobile.

    Regards
    Angie
     
  4. Plockton

    Plockton Type 2 · Active Member

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    Thanks both for your helpful posts and info. Regards
     
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    m.chapman4 · Newbie

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    I must be lucky my practice supply as many test strips as I request and offer a new tester free on a regular basis :)

    Sent from the Diabetes Forum App
     
  6. Plockton

    Plockton Type 2 · Active Member

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    With regard to my earlier post on this - am I correct that - as an insulin user - if I test before I drive, say, just a mile or so to the local superstore - and spend, say, two hours shopping - must I then re-test before driving that mile or so back home?

    I have now ordered - from Ebay - one of the accucheck mobile test kits - as we are planning a trip to Scotland next week - with lots of driving - so thought that would be easier. I already have an Accucheck Aviva machine - which my gp does give me strips and lancets for - but thought this mobile one might help if the 2-hourly rule is exactly to be followed. Perhaps next time I visit my gp he may change my my meter to the mobile one and then be prepared to give me cassettes, or whatever, for that

    What do other insulin users/drivers do?
     
  7. CollieBoy

    CollieBoy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Yes, it's amazing how it can drop
    Accuchek would have sent you one for free to keep your business(as would the other suppliers) although I tried the mobile and found I lost too many strips to "bad" cassettes :thumbdown:
     
  8. Plockton

    Plockton Type 2 · Active Member

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    Thanks Fergus - people here are so helpful. Regards
     
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