People in Fylde and Wyre who use testing meters to monitor blood sugar levels are to be given the latest available technology.
GP practices and diabetic clinics are bringing in new testing meters for patients which are fully compliant with new national standards.
Enhanced features include better suitability for some patient groups such as those with a visual impairment, ease of use and better levels of support for people to manage their own condition.
The new meters have upgraded information storage functionality which means they are compatible with Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency requirements.
Dr Tony Naughton, clinical chief officer at NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “The new meters provide more accurate results along with easier usage, improved data storage and cost savings too.
“Patients using the existing meters should continue as normal until otherwise directed by their GP or other healthcare professional.”
The need for a new meter for existing diabetics will be assessed by a healthcare professional and, if required, a letter will be sent inviting the patient in to collect their new meter and to be shown how to use it.
These meters will be provided free of charge from GP surgeries or diabetic clinics.
- NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is the organisation responsible for planning and buying health services in the area to meet patients’ needs. This is known as ‘commissioning’.
- Led by family doctors (GPs), the CCG currently serves a population of 152,000 people across approximately 320 sq km of coast and countryside. The majority live in the urban towns of Fleetwood, Thornton, Poulton-le-Fylde, Kirkham and Lytham St Annes, but a significant proportion live in rural villages.
- The CCG receives a set amount of money from the government and is committed to spending this wisely for the benefit of local people.
- Giving you more choice is a priority of the modern NHS. More information is available at fyldeandwyreccg.nhs.uk/choice
- The NHS Constitution sets out your rights as an NHS patient: nhs.uk/choiceintheNHS/Rightsandpledges/NHSConstitution/Pages/Overview.aspx
- There are many ways to get involved in health service developments, including joining our Influence membership scheme or your practice’s patient participation group.