I've ordered an xdrip kit which I will pick up Friday morning. This is a diy method of getting the data from the transmitter to an android phone. I'm not willing to shell out £375 or whatever it is for a receiver that I don't feel I get on with if there is a better and cheaper option. It was £59.99 for the kit, plus cost of soldering kit if you can't borrow one which I can, and android phone cost if you don't have one, which I do. So much cheaper though it does mean carrying round the xdrip box as well as the phone. You can make an xdrip yourself which would be smaller but the kit seemed easier to me. I'll report on whether it works out any better once I've got it and tried it out. I'm hoping it will be a viable solution since it is for many others but really I know little about it, it just seemed worth a shot.
Nyt if you have an android phone with NFC then you can try the libre for the cost of just one sensor plus postage. If the librelink app is available in your area. I'm glad this helps. I'll keep updating it whilst I discover new things as it might be useful to document my experience for others considering in the future, or just for general interest.