Nearly 30,000 people across the country with type 1 diabetes have received diabetes monitors so they do not have to carry out multiple painful finger-prick checks to monitor their blood sugar levels.

New data revealed today shows the early success of the scheme funded by the NHS Long Term Plan with 28,453 patients in receipt of monitors and 177,521 monitors prescribed within the first three months.

The NHS is writing to local leaders to ensure this rapid uptake continues, medical directors are being urged to further build on the successful rollout to ensure people across the country reap the benefits of the life changing technology.

There are over 250,000 people with type 1 diabetes in England, tens of thousands of which have already benefitted from the rapid roll out of the technology since April.

People who qualify for the monitor include:

  • People with type 1 diabetes who need intensive monitoring (more than eight times every day) as demonstrated in a review over the past 3 months.
  • People with diabetes associated with cystic fibrosis on insulin.
  • Pregnant women with type 1 diabetes for 12 months in total.
  • People with type 1 diabetes unable to routinely self-monitor blood glucose due to disability.
  • People with type 1 diabetes for whom the specialist diabetes MDT determines have occupational or psychosocial circumstances that warrant a six-month trial of Libre with appropriate support.

Latest wearable health technology for type 1 diabetes being rolled out

Prevention Minister, Jo Churchill said: “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.

“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.”

The NHS Long Term Plan also sets out world leading action to help people with Type 2 diabetes, including doubling capacity of the Diabetes Prevention Programme so 200,000 people a year can benefit along with trialling new very low calorie diets.