NHS Fife to roll out new electronic diabetes technology
NHS Fife has approved the use of a new technology that will help Type-1 patients monitor glucose levels.
Freestyle Libre is an electronic device that uses a small sensor placed on the back of the arm to monitor blood glucose levels, and acts as an alternative to regular finger prick blood glucose testing.
The new technology was approved by NHS Fife at its Board meeting at the Victoria Hospital earlier today (Wednesday 26 Sept) and could benefit up to 1,000 patients across Fife.
Medical Director, Dr Frances Elliot, said:
“The approval of this glucose monitoring device is great news for diabetes patients, especially those who have to regularly inject insulin throughout the day.
“Blood glucose control is crucial in the management of diabetes and significantly reduces the risk of associated complications such as eye, kidney, nerve and heart disease.
We have been looking to make Freestyle Libre available to patients in Fife since the publication of advice from the Scottish Technology Group in July and since then it has been making its way through the necessary governance committees, with both ourselves and the Fife Health and Social Care Partnership. I am delighted to that it will now be made available to diabetes patients in Fife.”
When will Freestyle Libre Sensors be available?
Communications are currently going out to all GPs and prescribers across Fife, advising them of the Board's decision. They are also being advised that patients must first be clinically assessed in the Fife Diabetes Centre.
Who is able to receive Freestyle Libre Sensors?
Patients with Type 1 diabetes will be clinically assessed when they next attend their appointment at the Fife Diabetes Centre to ensure suitability. Appropriate patients who meet Scottish National Diabetes guidelines will be required to be educated in the use of the device and to sign an agreement with the diabetes centre.
Once this is in place, the GP will be asked to prescribe the sensors.
Should the agreement be broken at any time, the GP will be asked to discontinue prescribing the sensors.