iPAG Scotland - Our Mission Statement

We aim to improve the lives of people with diabetes by increasing awareness throughout Scotland and the UK of the benefits of insulin pump therapy and new technology, and to actively campaign for equal access to quality assured NHS pump service provision for all those who would benefit from this treatment option.

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Think Like a Pancreas 2nd Edition - Gary Scheiner

Think Like a Pancreas 2nd Edition - Gary Scheiner

Completely revised and updated, this is the essential guide to managing day-to-day issues for diabetics who use insulin. Dozens of books offer advice on managing diabetes, but few focus specifically on the day-to-day issues facing those who use insulin. In this fully updated and revised second edition, Gary Scheiner, a...

10 Aug 2012

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Pumping Insulin, 5th Edition - John Walsh

Pumping Insulin, 5th Edition - John Walsh

Pumping Insulin, New - 5th Edition Everything You Need For Success With An Insulin Pump Pumping Insulin is a complete guide for achieving excellent control on a smart insulin pump. Pump users and health professionals will benefit from comprehensive, easy-to-use information, focused on the latest features in today's insulin pumps and CGMs. Get...

10 Aug 2012

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Cellnovo Specifications

Cellnovo Specifications

Cellnovo pump management system We get asked a lot of questions about the Cellnovo pump which is due out later this year.  It is unsure when it will be available in Scotland, and may not be available in all health board areas. Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions; The...

17 Jun 2012

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Scottish Government Official launch of pump targets -27th Febuary 2012

Scottish Government Official launch of pump targets -27th Febuary 2012

Scottish Government Official launch of pump targets -27th Febuary 2012 The government have committed to 909 adult pumps over 3 years, an increase of over 100 pumps per year. Why? Because the government have told health boards:  Reductions in hospital admissions: pumps are associated with improvements in glucose control which assists in the reduction...

26 Feb 2012

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Pumps per Health Board - Lastest figures from Scottish Diabetes Survey 2010

Pumps per Health Board - Lastest figures from Scottish Diabetes Survey 2010

  Scottish Diabetes Survey 2010 - Published 13th June 2010   Full survey HERE

13 Jun 2011

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First CGM-enabled, waterproof insulin pump system now approved in Europe

First CGM-enabled, waterproof insulin pump system now approved in Europe

Animas® Vibe™, the First Integrated Offering from Animas Corporation and Dexcom, Inc., Receives European CE Mark Approval Press release 2nd June 2011 WEST CHESTER, PA, June 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Animas Corporation announced today the receipt of CE Mark approval for Animas® Vibe™, the first and only continuous glucose monitoring (CGM)-enabled insulin pump system...

02 Jun 2011

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Around U an all round success

Around U an all round success

Scores of young people take part in events around the UK Young people with diabetes across the UK have enjoyed four action packed days out sponsored by Bayer Diabetes Care. During the summer holidays more than 160 young people with diabetes between the ages of six and 16 took part in Bayer’s Around...

07 Sep 2011

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Are things improving?

Are things improving?

March 2011 As last year’s pump statistics are reviewed on the eve of the release of the Scottish Diabetes Survey 2010 and maybe even a new government, political pressure, and pump awareness campaigns, insulin pumps have never before received the understanding they are now.  Health Boards up and down the country...

19 Mar 2011

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Data of 10 years CSII treatment in children with type 1 diabetes

Data of 10 years CSII treatment in children with type 1 diabetes

At the 4th International Conference on Advanced Technologies and Treatments for Diabetes held in London, Febuary 2011 Dr Nataša Bratina gave a presentation on data of 10 years of CSII treatment in children with type 1 diabetes in Slovenia. She stated that starting CSII is a routine treatement plan.  Children attend University Children’s hospital in...

05 Mar 2011

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Access your health information - Now Live

Access your health information - Now Live

My Diabetes My Way's pilot project to see your health information is now live and are still looking for more patients to take part.  See here for more information.  They hope to improve what already seems like an excellent service even further around March making it more interactive. At present you...

15 Dec 2010

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JDRF Launch the One Campaign

JDRF Launch the One Campaign

We don't think people with type 1 diabetes are getting a fair deal so today we're launching the 1 Campaign to raise awareness of the condition. We want to make decision makers aware of the impact type 1 has on families to improve access to treatments and ultimately secure more money for research into...

18 Oct 2010

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Better control on a pump when used as first course of treatment

Better control on a pump when used as first course of treatment

A new study has found children who are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes before the age of six have better blood glucose control and fewer hypos if they start on a pump rather than multiple daily injections. Researchers from the University Hospital of Reims in France studied 66 children who had been...

31 Aug 2010

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Patients Want Pumps

Patients Want Pumps

Patients want pumps, says new report People with diabetes in Scotland want better access to a medical technology that can greatly increase their health and quality of life. Insulin pumps: a new lease for life brings together the stories of people with diabetes who have often struggled to get access to...

06 Jul 2010

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Yorkhill Children's Hospital - Media Statement release

Yorkhill Children's Hospital - Media Statement release

Some of Yorkhill's services may be reduced or stopped due to the reduction of nursing staff - this includes the pump service, and home and school visits for newly diagnosed children.  Around  20 children currently use Insulin Pump Therapy at Yorkhill, while those children will continue with this treatment there will...

02 Aug 2010

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HbA1c Standardisation

An important blood test that is measured at least once a year in each of the UK's 2.5 million patients with diabetes is undergoing a major change. Because glucose levels can vary throughout the day, and from day-to-day a test called glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) has been used to give an indication of how high...

02 Aug 2010

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Response from the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Response from the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh to the Better Diabetes Care Consultation 22nd Aug 2009 SECTION 3.15 – PUMP THERAPY Issues to consider What further steps should be taken to increase the appropriate availability of insulin pumps? What support structures need to be in place to ensure...

22 Aug 2009

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ffl2012CWD Friends for Life 2012 - another year over

Another UK FFL over again.  A great time was had by all.

Read Anna's blog for an excellent run down on the weekend:

http://insulinindependent.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/cwd-friends-for-life-2012-hope-and.html

The good news is there are still some spaces available for Glasgow 2013... so why not come along?  You really will make friends for life! 

More information here:

http://www.childrenwithdiabetes.com/activities/UK2013/

Read about Windsor 2011

http://www.childrenwithdiabetes.com/activities/UK2011/report.htm

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Cabinet changes announced

05/09/2012

The Scottish Government's new Cabinet team has been announced by First Minister Alex Salmond, subject to the necessary parliamentary approval.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s longest serving health secretary, will now become Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities, playing a key role in the Scottish Government’s programme for economic recovery.

She will also take lead responsibility for Government Strategy and the Constitution, including preparations for the independence referendum.

Alex Neil SNP Cabinet Secretary for Health and WellbeingAlex Neil will become Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing taking forward this key public service with the suppport of the existing strong team of Ministers, Sports Minister Shona Robison and Public Health Minister Michael Matheson.

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2012/09/scottish-cabinet05092012

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New pump statistics from the Scottish Diabetes Survey 2011

Numbers (and percentages) of people with type 1 diabetes on insulin pumps by age and NHS Board

NHS Board Number of people<18 on an insulin pump and percentage of <18 T1DM Population Number of people >18 on and insulin pump and percentage of >18 T1DM Population
Ayrshire & Arran 18 7.8% 17 0.9%
Borders 17 23% 34 6.2%
Dumfries & Galloway 2 2.5% 21 2.6%
Fife 19 9.5% 113 6.4%
Forth Valley 12 6.9% 33 2.3%
Grampian 22 7% 50 1.8%
Greater Glasgow & Clyde 50 8.4% 45 0.8%
Highland 0 0% 29 1.8%
Lanarkshire 0 0% 56 1.8%
Lothian 39 10.7% 169 4.4%
Orkney 4 25% 1 1%
Shetland 0 0% 2 1.9%
Tayside 58 29.4% 72 4.3%
Western Isles 0 0% 1 0.6%
Scotland  241    643  

Full survey here

Over the years...

2006 1 person on a pump

2007 251 on pumps

2009 359 (57 are children)

2010 553 (194 increase from previous year)

2011 696 (143 pump increase over the year to Dec 2010)

2012 884 (643 adults 241 under 18's as of Dec 2011)

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Do you manage your diabetes with an insulin pump?

Has it had an postive impact on your life?

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 As the new pumps numbers are out for the 2011 Diabetes Survey the Evening Times has published this article today 25th July 2012

City misses out on key diabetes treatment

Waterproof Animas Vibe insulin pumpACCESS to revolutionary treatment for diabetes in Glasgow is lagging far behind other parts of Scotland. A postcode lottery for young people suffering from the condition across Scotland has been revealed by the chief executive of NHS Scotland, Derek Feeley.

Scottish Government targets require that 25% of Type 1 insulin- dependent diabetics under 18 have access to insulin pumps by March next year.

Insulin pumps help people with Type 1 diabetes to control blood sugar by mimicking the action of a healthy pancreas and giving exactly the right does of insulin.

The pumps can stop long-term effects of the condition such as blindness and limb loss.

But just 50, or 8.4%, of Type 1 diabetics aged 18 or under in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area now have the pumps.

To reach 25% by the target date, NHSGGC must get 99 more youngsters on pump therapy by March next year.

The figures in Lanarkshire are even more worrying. At the last count in the NHS Lanarkshire area, no-one under 18 was getting insulin pump therapy.

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Fiona's still waiting months after insulin pump pledge

eveningtimesfiona500A DIABETIC schoolgirl has been told she will have to wait for a life-changing insulin pump.

 Thirteen-year-old Fiona Clark, from Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire, has Type 1 diabetes making her dependent on four insulin injections daily.

 Her parents, Elaine, 43, and Barrie, 40, say this current manual method is ineffective, makes Fiona feel uncomfortable and results in a lump forming around the area on her leg where she injects.

 In February, the Evening Times revealed how the Scottish Government said it will provide at least £1million in funding for NHS boards to provide automatic insulin pumps for all eligible children with Type 1 diabetes.

 However, when Elaine asked how long her daughter would have to wait for the pump, she claims staff at Glasgow's Yorkhill Hospital simply "shrugged their shoulders" and said they couldn't give a timescale.

 She said: "The NHS is failing my daughter. It's just not good enough. Fiona needs the pump now - not later."

 Pumps can hugely improve the quality of life for sufferers by reducing hypoglycemia – low blood sugar –making levels much easier to control.

 Elaine, who works part-time as a cleaner, said the lack of an insulin pump affects her daughter "on a daily basis".

"We're always trying to keep Fiona's levels stable but they are swinging all over the place," she said.

"I'm often up with her at night as her insulin level has dropped.

"Having the pump would make such a difference, not just to Fiona, but to the whole family, including her sister Natalie, 10. The diabetes puts a massive strain on us all.

"She's missing so much school because she's unwell and we are already worrying about what will happen when she starts sitting exams."

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NEWS

8th April 2012

An extra £1.5 million will provide more youngsters with diabetes with "life-changing" insulin pumps.

Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said the cash would help ensure a pledge to make the devices available to 480 children and teenagers with type 1 diabetes is met by the end of March next year.

The pumps are attached to the person's body and are programmed to administer the correct amount of insulin, removing the need for insulin injections.

Ms Sturgeon said they could help give youngsters with diabetes a "normal childhood".

The charity Diabetes UK Scotland said access to insulin pumps had been "shockingly low" for too long.

However it described the £1.5 million - which comes on top of £1 million announced earlier this year - as "great news".

Almost 12% of all those with diabetes in Scotland have the type 1 condition of the disease.

The number of people who suffer from this is on the rise, having increased from 26,294 in 2006 to 27,910 in 2010. This includes 2,872 under-18s who have type 1 diabetes.

Teenager Rebekah Sutherland, (pictured above) from the Grampian region, is one of those who has already been fitted with an insulin pump.

She said: "Before I was given my pump my daily routine was really rigid and my injections and meals had to be at set times. What a difference my pump has made. I can even enjoy a lie-in, which was unheard of when injections dictated my life."

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