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Havering residents with diabetes gain access to potentially life-changing technology

PUBLISHED: 09:59 13 September 2018 | UPDATED: 16:00 13 September 2018

After Diabetes UK successfully campaigned to make Flash Glucose Monitoring available on the NHS last year, health leaders from Havering CCG have approved its use.

After Diabetes UK successfully campaigned to make Flash Glucose Monitoring available on the NHS last year, health leaders from Havering CCG have approved its use.

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Residents with diabetes in Havering will now have access to potentially life-changing technology free of charge.

Eve Thomas, 16, from Hornchurch and mum Louise. Eve will have access to the new Flash diabetes technology.Eve Thomas, 16, from Hornchurch and mum Louise. Eve will have access to the new Flash diabetes technology.

After Diabetes UK successfully campaigned to make Flash Glucose Monitoring available on the NHS last year, health leaders from Havering CCG have approved its use.

This means that some people who meet local criteria will be able to get Flash free of charge on prescription for the first time.

Eve Thomas, 16, from Hornchurch has just started studying for A-levels.

She said: “I have to test my blood up to eight times every single day.

“Flash will change my life, no more sore fingers and time-consuming testing. I often have to test in public and people stare.

“I can’t get a quick reading if my blood sugar levels are low as my hands shake.”

Many people with diabetes need to self-monitor their blood glucose levels. This is usually done with a finger prick blood test using a metre that indicates the blood glucose level at the time of the test.

Flash Glucose Monitoring uses a small sensor that people wear on their skin. It continuously records and stores the last eight hours of glucose readings, and can be read by scanning the sensor whenever needed.

Roz Rosenblatt, head of London at Diabetes UK, said: “It’s really good news that people in Havering will be able to get Flash free of charge on prescription. This sadly isn’t the case for everyone living with diabetes across London.

“We believe everyone with diabetes should have access to the right technology to support them, not just those who can afford it.

“We are calling on local decision-makers in London to ensure everyone with diabetes who could benefit from Flash get it, no matter where they live.”

For more information call the Diabetes UK helpline on 0345 123 2399 or helpline@diabetes.org.uk.

Or to find out if Flash is right for you visit this website.

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