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FreeStyle Libre access map created

By Editor
26th June 2019
Self management, Self-monitoring of blood glucose Technology

A map documenting where the FreeStyle Libre has been made available to people with type 1 diabetes has been created.

Dr Partha Kar, NHS England Deputy National Clinical Director for Diabetes, published the infographic on his Twitter page.

It shows the percentage of people with type 1 diabetes who have been given access to the pioneering technology so far.

As of November 2017, the FreeStyle Libre was made available on the NHS dependent on local approval. Criteria was stipulated to ensure eligibility for the technology.

Dr Kar, who is also Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “Today we go back to ensuring we have transparency across the system, as we work to create uniformity and reduce variation. The infographic highlights how far we’ve come since November 2017, in terms of making the FreeStyle Libre available across England for those with type 1 diabetes, as well as how far we have yet to go. It also shows the potential of CCGs learning from each other.

“Type 1 diabetes is a chronic, life-long condition that means those who have it must constantly think about their blood glucose levels, day and night, making the necessary adjustments to ensure they avoid diabetes-related complications and live as healthily as they possibly can.”

In May, NHS England announced details of how it is going to make technology more widely available. The organisation released updated criteria which now means more people will be eligible to receive it.

The document stated the national arrangements for funding relevant for people with diabetes, taking into account self-funders who currently pay for their own FreeStyle Libre due to not qualifying on the NHS. 

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