This site is intended for healthcare professionals only

Tens of thousands given life changing diabetes monitors

Written by: | Published:

The new devices are the size of a £2 coin The new devices are the size of a £2 coin

Nearly 30,000 people across the country with Type 1 diabetes have received life-changing diabetes monitors as part of the NHS Long Term Plan.

The new devices, which are the size of a £2 coin and worn on the arm, means people with Type 1 do not have to carry out multiple painful finger-prick checks to monitor their blood sugar levels. New data shows 28,453 patients have received the monitors and 177,521 monitors were prescribed within the first three months.

‘Providing flash monitors on the NHS is a huge leap forward and it is fantastic to see the roll out make an instant impact, this is another example of how the NHS is making sure patients can benefit from the latest technologies,’ said Prof Partha Kar, NHS National Specialty Advisor, Diabetes.

‘I’m thrilled with how many people are already benefitting from the device and doing away with inconvenient finger-prick checks, less than a year into delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan, tens of thousands of people are experiencing first-hand the difference that cutting edge treatments on the NHS are making for people living with Type 1 diabetes across the country.’

The NHS Long Term Plan also commits to rolling out continuous glucose monitors from April 2020 for every pregnant woman with Type 1 diabetes, in its latest step to harness the power of digital technology. Others who quaify for a monitor include people with type 1 diabetes who need intensive monitoring (more than 8 times every day), people with diabetes associated with Cystic Fibrosis on insulin, and those with Type 1 diabetes unable to routinely self-monitor blood glucose due to disability.

‘It is fantastic that tens of thousands of patients are already benefitting from the rollout of the latest wearable health technology, part of this government’s commitment to increase funding to support the NHS Long Term Plan,’ said Prevention Minister, Jo Churchill.

‘We are putting the power back in the hands of people with Type 1 diabetes, so they can more easily manage their condition, from their smart phone. I look forward to these numbers growing, as more people are empowered to use this innovative technology to improve their quality of life.’

What do you think? Leave a comment below or tweet your views to @IndyNurseMag

This material is protected by MA Healthcare Ltd copyright.
See Terms and Conditions.



Please view our Terms and Conditions before leaving a comment.

Change the CAPTCHA codeSpeak the CAPTCHA code

Read a free issue from Practice Nursing

Register to read a free issue from our sister publication, Practice Nursing.

Including articles on asthma, diabetes and more. Read your copy.


Sign up to the newsletter


Independent Nurse is the professional resource for primary care and community nurses, providing clinical articles for practice nurses and prescribers.


Subscribe to our newsletter and stay up to date with the latest nursing news.

Stay Connected

Stay social with Independent Nurse by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook or connecting on LinkedIn.


Need access to some of our older articles? You can view our archive, or alternatively contact us.

Contact Us

MA Healthcare Ltd.
St Jude's Church, Dulwich Road
London, SE24 0PB

Tel: +44 (0)20 7738 5454
Registered in England and Wales No. 01878373

Meet the team


Find out how to contribute to Independent Nurse here.