As a practice we think it is important that our patients receive the best possible care and that we support the NHS by prescribing cost-effective treatments.
We are reviewing all patients who monitor their blood glucose (sugar levels) using a blood glucose meter and test strips as part of their diabetes management.
Local diabetes specialists and patient diabetic groups have assessed the options available and we would therefore like you to try one of the new recommended meters.
We would like to invite you to either attend an appointment to find out more, or watch the demonstration recording below. If you feel that you don’t wish to make an appointment but would like to try one of the meters, they are available from reception.
The meter is preset and ready for immediate testing. It is accurate and convenient to use and comes with an easy to follow operation manual. If you require any help or assistance with the meter, we can provide training at one of our clinics below to make sure there are no problems.
The review clinics will be held on:
Friday 8th July 8.30am – 12.00pm 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Wednesday 13th July 8.30am – 12.00pm
No further clinics is scheduled after these dates.
Please contact the surgery to make an appointment.
Thank you for your continued support.
Frequently asked questions
Why is my blood glucose meter being changed?
With an ever increasing number of blood glucose meters & testing strips in use across Greater Glasgow & Clyde NHS and the need for meters to meet an improved accuracy standard by the end of May 2016 the Health Board undertook a review to compare the available meters and testing strips. The reviewing group included local diabetes specialists, patient representatives and Diabetes Scotland.
The meters & test strips chosen exceed the international accuracy standard (ISO 15197 (2013)), are simple to use and offer a substantial savings to the Health Board with packs of test strips costing less than £10 per pack.
If practices across NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde issue these meters and test strips, the savings made from prescribing the test strips for these meters could potentially release funds for your local NHS to use for other important improvements to healthcare services.
What are the recommended meters?
The formulary recommends the GlucoRx Nexus meter (including Mini & Voice) or the Glucomen Areo meter as the meters of choice.
What is the difference between the new meter and my current one?
Meters are all designed to do the same basic function, which is to measure your blood sugar level and give you a reading. They may however look different or have slightly different features, such as having a display that lights up, or use a particular type of battery.
How do I get one of the new meters?
You can either make an appointment at the practice at the dates above or collect a new meter from reception.
To avoid any wastage: please use up your existing supply of test strips and lancets for your old meter before changing over to the new meter.