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true result test strips

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by malcolmjw, Mar 16, 2020.

  1. malcolmjw

    malcolmjw Type 2 · Member

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    Hi all,
    I have just been to the pharmacy to collect a repeat prescription for "true result test strips", but was told that they were no longer available on the NHS. So as I was not offered an alternative, I am now unable to self-test twice a day. Has any one else had this problem - and what was the solution?
     
  2. JoKalsbeek

    JoKalsbeek Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    Try getting in touch with your practice, if they prescribed them before, they might prescribe an alternative. I don't get funded, many T2's don't (unless on medication like Gliclazide or insulin), so I buy my own. I'm Dutch though, and the brands with the cheap stips that are still accurate aren't available to me, but Rachox made this little list. I hope it helps, in case your strips are really history from here on in:


    Here’s some info on UK meters, and to be clear I have no commercial connections with any of the companies mentioned. For a meter with cheap strips go for the Tee2 + found here:

    http://spirit-healthcare.co.uk/product/tee2-plus-blood-glucose-meter/ with the strips found here:

    http://spirit-healthcare.co.uk/product/tee2-testing-strips/

    Some members have got a free Tee2+ by phoning up to order, with a large order of strips they often throw the meter in for free:

    Phone number 0800 8815423

    With more expensive strips is the Caresens Dual which I currently use, this one has the advantage of glucose and ketone testing in one machine, it’s to be found here:

    https://shop.spirit-health.co.uk/collections/caresens-dual

    Home Health have recently bought out this one, but I haven’t heard any reviews yet, links to strips and the meter:

    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/

    And to be totally transparent I used to use the SD Code Free from Home Health which has the cheapest strips available if bought in quantities of 5 or 10 pots with the codes below. However I found it to be becoming less and less reliable. Here it is for anyone wanting to give it a go, just bear in mind it seems they are replacing it with the Navii, details above.

    http://homehealth-uk.com/product-category/blood-glucose/blood-glucose-monitor/

    and here for the extra strips

    http://homehealth-uk.com/all-products/sd-codefree-test-strips-to-be-used-only-with-the-sd-monitor/

    There are discount codes if you buy in bulk.

    5 packs 264086

    10 packs 975833

    Don’t forget to check the box if you have pre diabetes or diabetes so you can buy VAT free. (for all meters and strips)​
     
  3. malcolmjw

    malcolmjw Type 2 · Member

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    Hi - thanks for the information. I am currently prescribed Metformin and Glicazide ( I'm type 2). I think it will be impossible to get near to my doctor's surgery at the moment, but I hope to see the Diabetes practitioner next week for my quarterly review. I will see what she recommends.
     
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    sno0opy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Its a struggle for type 2's to get test strips, most of us have to self fund as i couldn't get any test strips at all. But if your on Glicazide i thought it was a requirement for driving? Do you drive?
     
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    satindoll Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    @malcolmjw ,

    Don't hesitate go back to the GP's and ask them to replace your meter and strips now.

    As Gliclazide is a glucose lowering drug and can cause hypo's you should be getting a meter and strips from your GP it is a a requirement they provide you with one, they may change the meter and strips but they have to give you one......also they may try to restrict your strips but the if you drive the DVLA say you need to test your bloods before driving and every 2 hours during the journey so they must provide you with sufficient strips to follow the law
     
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