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Living with diabetes => General discussion => Topic started by: himtoo on 27 September 2014, 01:43:38 PM

Title: what to do if your doctor either denies or restricts blood testing strips
Post by: himtoo on 27 September 2014, 01:43:38 PM

Here is a link to a very comprehensive and informative guide on what to do if your doctor either refuses or restricts blood glucose test strips to you.





http://www.diabetes.org.uk/Documents/Advocacy/test-strips-advocacy-pack-0613.pdf (http://www.diabetes.org.uk/Documents/Advocacy/test-strips-advocacy-pack-0613.pdf)
Title: Re: what to do if your doctor either denies or restricts blood testing strips
Post by: Ziggy on 29 September 2014, 05:21:28 PM
I'm D&E so am literally peeing into the wind by even thinking about asking for strips. But, if I hadn't taken my diabetes in hand I could well be getting strips if I had progressed onto meds etc. The rewards of being good - sigh (soundbite of angel's wings)

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Title: Re: what to do if your doctor either denies or restricts blood testing strips
Post by: Pattidevans on 29 September 2014, 06:08:58 PM
A leaflet has been produced by the NHS which addresses the issue of self monitoring of blood glucose and supports it in individuals where there is a clear purpose and where it motivates patients to maximise the effects of lifestyle and diet.  We suggest you download and print out this leaflet (http://www.diabetes-support.org.uk/info/downloads/Diabetes_Factsheet.pdf) to take to your doctor.  It may also be advisable to print out Jennifer’s advice (http://www.diabetes-support.org.uk/info/?page_id=136) to show how you are going to use the strips to maximise control.

The above is from our own website.  The leaflet mentioned may also be helpful for people who are having difficulty getting strips as it particularly addresses SMBG in T2s.
Title: Re: what to do if your doctor either denies or restricts blood testing strips
Post by: Quantum Learning on 29 September 2014, 06:12:33 PM
I'm D&E so am literally peeing into the wind by even thinking about asking for strips. But, if I hadn't taken my diabetes in hand I could well be getting strips if I had progressed onto meds etc. The rewards of being good - sigh (soundbite of angel's wings)

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Me too  :(
Title: Re: what to do if your doctor either denies or restricts blood testing strips
Post by: Pattidevans on 29 September 2014, 06:22:18 PM
Q read the various leaflets and see if there is anything in them that would help you!  Dunno about Ziggy cos he's in Ireland.
Title: Re: what to do if your doctor either denies or restricts blood testing strips
Post by: Ziggy on 05 October 2014, 11:55:52 AM
Q read the various leaflets and see if there is anything in them that would help you!  Dunno about Ziggy cos he's in Ireland.

Northern Ireland Patti - so same as UK for most policies etc. I tried out the printout with my GP and was told "but why would you need strips? Your BGs have always been so good". Damn that Joesph Heller!

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Title: Re: what to do if your doctor either denies or restricts blood testing strips
Post by: Quantum Learning on 05 October 2014, 12:51:22 PM
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I tried out the printout with my GP and was told "but why would you need strips? Your BGs have always been so good".

Obviously your good BG's have been a stroke of luck, much like my docs think mine have I suppose  :(

I was told in no uncertain terms that I don't need to test my blood & all the printouts in the world (if she'd even read them) wouldn't make any difference. Unless I increase my carbs, get my A1c up to a high level & then start on Gliclazide (or something similar) then I'm not getting strips on the NHS.  :banghead:

Think I'll stick to low carb for now  ;)