New blood monitoring device improves quality of life

A new type of blood glucose monitoring device that will help improve the quality of life for some people with Type 1 diabetes is now available on the Isle of Wight.

The device, which is placed on the arm, constantly monitors glucose levels and means the person can drastically reduce how often they would need to do the traditional ‘finger prick’ test to check.

A reader is passed over the sensor, which reads the levels including through clothing.

Tracy Savage, deputy director of quality and head of optimisation for the NHS Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said:

“We’re pleased that the CCG is adopting new technology as it becomes available, to provide a better quality of life for people with Type 1 diabetes who require frequent monitoring of their blood glucose levels.

“This will also help to improve diabetes control and health outcomes for people with Type 1 diabetes and reduce the need for frequent finger-prick testing.”

Usage of the flash glucose monitoring system was approved by the Southampton, Hampshire”>Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Groups Priorities Committee and will be available to those who fit criteria set out by national guidelines.

This includes patients with Type 1 diabetes or pregnant women with Type 1 or 2 diabetes, who are clinically required to undertake intensive monitoring with eight or more finger prick blood tests daily.

Lorena Arnez, diabetes specialist consultant at St Mary’s Hospital said:

“It is important that patients with diabetes regularly monitor their blood glucose levels.

“This new device which constantly monitors glucose levels will make life easier for people with Type 1 diabetes. It allows users to review changing glucose levels through the day and night in graphical form. This can be particularly useful for minimising the risk of hypoglycaemia during the night.”

It is thought around 100 patients are likely to benefit from the device.

If you think you are eligible then please speak to your GP who can refer you to the hospital diabetes clinic if appropriate. Patients will need to attend a six-week education programme before they can start using the device.