Charity calls for life-changing diabetes treatment to be introduced


Flash GM, which is available in less than half of Scotland, allows those with diabetes to have clearer understanding of their condition

16th May 2018 by Gareth Jones 0 Comments

A life-changing technology which can support people with diabetes to better manage their condition is unavailable to thousands across Scotland.

Following approval of Freestyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring (Flash GM) by NHS bosses in November, only six of the 14 health boards across Scotland are currently making the technology available to people living with diabetes.

This has prompted Diabetes Scotland to urge the eight remaining health boards, where the decision is under review, to follow suit and create fair and equal access across the country.

The technology reduces the need for frequent finger-prick blood tests, provides clearer understanding of a person’s blood glucose levels and trends, and improves quality of life.

For children and parents it can mean the difference between a good night’s sleep and frequent disturbances for blood testing. Children also have a more positive experience at school without disruption to their lessons to check glucose levels.

Angela Mitchell, national director of Diabetes Scotland, said: “We want health boards to take a person-centred approach and think about the benefits this technology can bring to individuals.

“This is not simply a clinical decision but also a question of what is right for the person living with the condition. We know from people already using Flash GM that they feel a greater freedom and confidence to manage their condition well, reducing their risk of complications.”