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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To make ammends for the misleading 'diabetes' story published in the Scottish Daily Mail on 30th Aug 2011 'Diabetes costs £2.9m a day' the jourmalist Julie-Anne Barnes has written a feature on type 1 Diabetes published today.  See pages 36 and 37 for the full story.  

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13th Sep 2011

http://mobihealthnews.com/13180/cellnovo-integrates-lifescan-technology-for-mobile-diabetes-management/

cellnovolifescanLondon, UK-based mobile diabetes technology startup Cellnovo inked a deal with Johnson & Johnson company LifeScan that sees the startup embedding LifeScan glucometer technology into its mobile health offering.

Cellnovo’s system includes an insulin patch pump and a touchscreen handset that transmits patient data via cellular networks to a secure online portal that both patients and healthcare providers can access. Under the terms of the deal, LifeScan’s blood glucose monitoring technologies will be integrated into Cellnovo’s handset.

“Cellnovo has the potential to break new ground in bringing the first mobile diabetes management system to market,” said Dr. David Kerr, Consultant Physician and Diabetologist at the Bournemouth Diabetes and Endocrine Centre. “It is clear that new technologies for diabetes care, such as Cellnovo’s mobile health solution, are going to forever change the way we practice medicine and more effectively manage diabetes long into the future.”

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margaret-mitchell-418Scotland still lags behind the rest of Europe in its provision of insulin pumps to treat diabetes despite recent progress, a Tory MSP has said.  

Margaret Mitchell argued health boards needed to provide more pump therapy.

The article goes on to state...

A Scottish government spokesman said it was committed to ensuring that people with diabetes had access to the best possible care.

He continued: "Our Diabetes Action Plan, published last year, set out a three-year vision for improving services offered to those living with diabetes in Scotland.

"We're encouraged to see that provision of insulin pump therapy is shown to have increased.

Full article in The Sunday Herald  which was also coverered extensively by radio, press and TV

In response to the article we sent the following letter to the Sunday Herald

It was interesting to read that Scottish Government statistics show that health boards are making progress to making insulin pump therapy available to more people (MSP in insulin pump therapy call, Sunday Herald, 28/8/2011)

The article stated that Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board have improved insulin pump provision, but while they may have increased the number of paediatric pumps from a pitiful number before, they have maintained a standstill level of approximately five pumps a year for adults and have publicly stated there are no plans to increase this figure over the next 3 years according to their submission published in the Scottish Diabetes Action Plan 2010.

Adult patients are therefore being penalised by this decision and are suffering unnecessarily, some while being denied help have been informed by the Health board that this is because there is a lack of quality clinical evidence supporting the effectiveness of insulin pump therapy. Replies from CEO Robert Calderwood in response to adults include ‘Due to the ranging clinical opinions on insulin pumps, we are working on a trial which will contribute to testing insulin pumps for clinical and cost effectiveness.’ and ‘The benefits to pumps are not supported by the available evidence and, therefore, we are not planning to expand this service. We are working on the development of a multi centre clinical trial which will contribute to testing further whether, and in what clinical situations, pumps are clinically and cost effective.’ If there is no clinical evidence of benefit why are they paradoxically deciding to increase the insulin pump allocation for only children in the GG&C Health Board area? Do all patients not deserve equal access to an evidence based therapy?

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Sunday 28th Aug 2011

Scotland still lags behind the rest of Europe in its provision of insulin pumps to treat diabetes despite recent progress, a Tory MSP has said.

margaret_mitchellMargaret Mitchell argued health boards needed to provide more pump therapy.

The therapy gives Type 1 diabetes patients more flexibility and can reduce the risks and complications associated with the disease.

Figures from the Scottish Diabetes Survey 2010 showed only 2.5% of Type 1 patients in Scotland used the pumps.

This compared with 15% across Europe.

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eilidhiPAG would like to thank Eilidh and her friends for their great fundraising efforts at their school, Broomhill Primary.  

Eilidh's brother Euan started insulin pump therapy 9 months ago after having Type 1 Diabetes for 10 years.  The pump has given Euan freedom he did not have on injections and life feels closer to normal now. Euan loves not having to inject each time he eats and now only has to press a couple of buttons.  Seeing the difference a pump made for Euan, Eilidh wanted to help others get a pump too.  Together with some of her friends they donated the money they raised at school to iPAG which will allow us to continue raising awareness of insulin pump therapy in Scotland.

That's Eilidh in the middle of the photo presenting the cheque to iPAG's chairperson Mary Moody and Vice Treasurer Rosalind Carr.

Thanks Eilidh and well done for raising money to help others. 

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Animas® Vibe™, the First Integrated Offering from Animas Corporation and Dexcom, Inc., Receives European CE Mark Approval

Press release 2nd June 2011

vibeWEST 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 with Dexcom G4™ CGM technology.  Animas® Vibe™ brings together the unique features of an Animas® insulin pump and the convenience of Dexcom CGM, which is the only sensor approved for up to seven days of wear.

As a CGM-enabled system, the Animas® Vibe™ insulin pump functions as a receiver for the Dexcom G4™ Sensor. The system delivers real-time glucose information, alerts for high and low readings, and glucose trend information, enabling patients to make more informed decisions to help control their disease.* Unlike currently available CGM-enabled pump systems, Animas® Vibe™ displays glucose trends in colour and is waterproof.**

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