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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20/08/2010  Diabetes Action Plan 2010actionplan2010

An action plan setting out a three-year vision for improving the health and wellbeing of people with diabetes has been published. The Scottish Diabetes Action Plan 2010 offers the opportunity for the diabetes community to work together to share best practice, support and deliver high quality care.

The plan aims to:

  • Promote self-management of the condition through effective education, better access to psychological support and the use of information technology
  • Minimise the impact of the potentially serious complications associated with diabetes
  • Increase the availability of intensive insulin treatment for people with Type 1diabetes, including insulin pump therapy
  • Create a stronger emphasis on screening and prevention of diabetes
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Special dinner is on the table to celebrate diabetes group’s 20th birthday

Oct 11 2010 by Cameron Hay, Paisley Daily Expressdorothy

THOUSANDS of Buddies have a very good reason to be grateful to Paisley gran Dorothy Farquharson.

For 20 years, Dorothy has been at the forefront of supporting people with diabetes across Renfrewshire.

Two decades ago, Paisley’s Royal Alexandra Hospital was among the five per cent of UK hospitals that didn’t have a consultant or even a nurse specialising in the condition.

Then, in April 1990, Dorothy – who suffers from diabetes herself – moved to Paisley with her husband Bill and daughters Lesley and Lynda.

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insulin_pumps_a_new_lease_for_lifePatients 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 insulin pumps, which offer an alternative to multiple daily injections of insulin. Shaped like a bleeper they deliver small amounts of insulin throughout the day. 

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Yorkhill Sick Kids - Childrens HospitalSome 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 be no new pumpers for the foreseeable future.

On 14th July 2010 Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board press office released a media Statement on Insulin Pumps.

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pump_up_the_volumn1Diabetes UK Scotland launches “Pump up the volume!” campaign to highlight the need for more insulin pumps “Pump up the volume!” asks Scottish Health Boards to ensure that all those meet NICE criteria for Insulin Pumps aren’t denied one. The charity is also asking Health Boards to announce what resources they are planning to allocate over the next 5 to 10 years towards mainstreaming insulin pump services within diabetes clinics. The year long campaign will encourage support through e-campaigning and Facebook to seek the support of MSPs to challenge Health Boards to ensure that they have high quality insulin pump services in place. Pump Up The Volume! is launched on the same day as the Scottish Parliament debates the current state of insulin pump services in Scotland.

Join Diabetes UK Scotland's campaign to ensure that everyone who is suitable for an insulin pump gets one no matter where they live.

For more information contact Diabetes UK Scotland 0141 245 6380 or visit "Pump up the volume!" Facebook group.

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SIGN (the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidance Network) have released a draft consultation document that will shape the treatment of Diabetes in Scotland for perhaps the next 10 years. This 151 page draft encompasses a wide range of issues concerning both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes, and treatment of adults and children. Pages 23 and 24 address the use of insulin pump therapy.

Although this section represents only a small part of the document, iPAG is extremely concerned because it proposes criteria for eligibility that are much narrower than those set out in the NICE 2008 guidelines for insulin pump therapy. The Scottish Health Minister has publicly committed NHS-Scotland to implementing NICE-2008. This is expected to lead to 10-15% of adults (and a higher proportion of children) with Type 1 diabetes using insulin pumps by 2014. 
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Members of IPAG attended the Scottish Parliament Members Debate on Insulin Pump Therapy on 3rd Sep 2009. Below is the transcript of the debate.

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The Deputy Presiding Officer (Alasdair Morgan): The final item of business is a members' business debate on motion S3M-4723, in the name of David Stewart, on insulin pump therapy. The debate will be concluded without any question being put.

 

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