The Flash Glucose Monitoring system for people with type 1 diabetes is now available on the NHS for people in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
This comes one year after the FreeStyle Libre monitor, famously used by Prime Minister Teresa May, was approved for use on the NHS.
Availability of this system has been called a ‘postcode lottery’ by the BBC News who reported that, ‘Tens of thousands of people with type 1 diabetes in England are being denied access to a “life-changing” blood sugar monitor…’
Diabetes UK have been campaigning for local health commissioners to all provide this monitoring system locally – earlier this month they reported that over 65% of local areas are now prescribing it. You can read about their ‘Fight for Flash’ campaign on their website here: Help us fight for Flash – A year is too long to wait – Diabetes UK
How does Flash work?
A sensor that sits under your skin monitors your blood glucose levels continuously. You can then access the last 8 hours of readings by scanning the sensor whenever you want to.
It can reduce the need for finger-prick blood tests and can make it easier for people with diabetes to manage their condition.
How do I get Flash locally?
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have agreed to fund the system for a 12 month trial.
The Flash Monitoring system will be provided to people with type 1 diabetes who meet strict clinical criteria. They will need to be under the care of a consultant led Specialist Diabetes Team.
Patients get lots of support in how to use the monitor to help them manage their diabetes.
Continuing of funding will be reviewed after one year.