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Which bg meter?

Discussion in 'Newly Diagnosed' started by bullseye58, Feb 16, 2014.

  1. bullseye58

    bullseye58 Type 2 · Member

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    Hi I've got a certificate for free prescriptions for life so I may hang on now until my next doctors appointment next week.
     
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    AndyH1 Type 2 · Active Member

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    I was lucky as well. When I was diagnosed I was given a voucher towards a meter, which then cost £5 with the voucher, and test strips on repeat. When I went on meds I got an exemption certificate. My access to strips has continued despite moving and changing doctors. The strips also continued for several years when I came off meds, although to be fair I didn't use them as often as I should have.

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  3. Cleggsta

    Cleggsta Type 1 · Member

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    Should get a meter for free , they make there money on the strips .

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  4. Julie1471

    Julie1471 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Those diagnosed as type1 get free strips,needles,lancets,insulin,pens,syringes Free and exception cert. you just need to renew it, before it expires. I forgot to in a house move and Boots wouldn't dispense my insulin, even thou I had been their years, without me paying for it. Went to a independent chemist and they went you need it to live bring in your cert when you get. I got my prescription the next day, cert took a week or so to arrive, took it in and they kept the number on file, just like my local supermarket(won't name names) but told if I need emergency insulin, they keep 1 back for me. If a locum Chemist on, I''m to ask them to call the lead 2 pharmacy girls and they ok, the need for insulin. I can't fault them at the place I now use.
     
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    semiphonic Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I've recently been diagnosed too, I was told by my GP that I don't need to test as I "won't do anything with the information anyway".
    I went out this weekend and bought an iBGStar meter from Boots for £12, I chose this meter because it plugs straight in to my iPhone and iPad and means I've always got the information with me. It comes with lancets, test strips, control solution and a nifty little carrying case. The test strips are around £20 for 50.
    I couldn't get a free meter either but I'm happy with the one I've chosen, and I'm hoping that if I can show the doctor that I'm more in control with testing, then I'll get the strips on prescription.


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  6. tomvonc

    tomvonc Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Call any meter manufacturer and tell them you are type 1, They will literally chuck meters at you!!
     
  7. Crimsonclient

    Crimsonclient LADA · Well-Known Member

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    Sanofi iBGStar send them out free if you contact them


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    semiphonic Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I didn't know that, but in all honesty I wasn't that bothered about paying £12, and the test strips while not the cheapest, aren't the most expensive either.
     
  9. Crimsonclient

    Crimsonclient LADA · Well-Known Member

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    It's a good little meter, to be honest I got both versions the iBGStar and the BGStar as they use the same strips and I have got a back up meter now


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    I agree with all the comments, if you say you are T1 (which I am anyway) you will get a free metre from any of the manufactures. I use the ibgstar but I'm thinking of changing. The ibgstar is good and very small, but the battery is terrible and needs charging weekly, plus the screen is impossible to read outdoors. Thinking about the Bayer next USB, or Accucheck Mobile. Both were sent free when I asked. That said, if I had to pay for the strips I would likely choose something cheaper. The Accucheck mobile is one of the most expensive. Luckily my GP is great.
     
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