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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Medtronic acquire Diabeter

Screen Shot 2015-08-15 at 15.14.44"The Diabeter acquisition is a milestone for Medtronic and for the Diabetes Group," said Hooman Hakami, executive vice president and president of the Diabetes Group at Medtronic. "This acquisition marks Medtronic's first entry into a diabetes integrated care model approach and signifies that Medtronic Diabetes is more than pumps and sensors - we are a holistic diabetes management company focused on making a real difference in outcomes and cost."

As one of the largest independent diabetes specialist centers for type 1 pediatrics and young adults in Europe, Diabeter currently manages over 1,500 patients and is recognized as a top center for diabetes care and clinical research. The team of 36 people at 4 locations practices personalized medicine making use of specially developed technologies, such as the Diabeter Dashboard, an electronic system that links patient and physician to encourage self-management with diabetes care team support. Internal Diabeter data shows that their patients have achieved significant reductions in HbA1c levels, a key measurement used to assess blood glucose control. Near normal blood glucose control has been show to reduce long-term complications of diabetes and can reduce healthcare costs over the long term.

"Diabeter has been pioneering this type of integrated care in the Netherlands, and we believe this approach can be applied more broadly to serve more patients, in more places around the world," said Henk Veeze, M.D., Ph.D., senior international medical director, Diabeter. "We have developed a unique system with improved clinical outcomes, combining outstanding clinical care with devices and information technology."

2nd April 2015 - Full Press Release

The company’s goal is to serve 20 million patients with diabetes by 2020, an approximate 20-fold increase from its current worldwide patient base of ~700,000. - See more at: www.diatribe.org

Diabeter website

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FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System from Abbott

freestyle libreThis is my personal view from a short trial with the FreeStyle Libre.

Can also be used as a regular blood glucose meter using test strips.

The Libre is a different from everything else in the market at present (Jan 2015)  It’s not a CGM (Constant Glucose Monitor)  If used constantly It enables you to see a full picture of your daily levels which helps you analyse your insulin and carbs and make adjustments to your diabetes management.

The Libre is more economical than available CGM, however it is not yet available on the NHS.  The cost savings are mostly due to the 3 year warranty (when registered) with the scanner.  If using a Dexom the transmitter has a mimimum 6 month warrenty, and the Medtronic Enlight transmitter has a 1 year warrenty.  If you do not have a pump with integrated  CGM then you have to factor in the cost of a receiver also.

Like CGM, The Libre reads from intestinal fluid, this is not blood but the fluid below the skin.  You cannot make a direct comparison to any BG meter or other CGM as results will always vary, but be rest assured the Libre has a good record or accuracy. 

Pros

Cost - in comparison to CGM

Size of (water resistant) sensor

Size and portability of reader

Ease of swipe to read BG

Reduction in daily finger pricks

Easy set up, no calibration required.

Cons

Finger prick testing still required for driving, fast changing BG levels, before corrections and if the Libre gives an unexpected result

Notes and recording insulin doses could be improved

Cost!

I have heard healthcare professional say this is a fad, that Abbott are using clever marketing techniques to build up interest in the product, but I disagree entirely. I have not used the Libre long enough to see if it had any baring on my Hba1c, but as many others have been wearing it full time since its launch and are getting positive Hba1c results inline with expectations from the Libre, I do believe the proof is in the pudding and it is very hard to see any negatives about the Libre apart from financial ones.  

If you can afford it, give it a go and let me know what you think.

Starter Pack - Reader plus two sensors: £133.29 +VAT

FreeStyle Libre Reader: £48.29 +VAT (in VAT £57.95)

FreeStyle Libre Sensor: £48.29 +VAT (inc VAT £57.95)

Sensors last up to 14 days

(VAT may be wavered as this is for medical use)

Check www.freestylelibre.co.uk for more information

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Children with Diabetes, Friends for Life - International Conference and Expo

30th October - 1st November, 2015

Sold out!

Beaumont House Hotel and Conference Venue, Old Windsor, Berkshire, England

Registration will open in February for FFL in Windsor this year.

Contact Laura to be added to the waiting list.

CWD are always looking for sponsors to enable them to increase capacity, please get in touch with Laura if you have any ideas, suggestions or connections.

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For more information visit: www.childrenwithdiabetes.com/activities/UK2015

Friends for Life UK Children with Diabetes

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vibe-hi-FamilysAnimas Sport Weekend 2015

Dates have been announced for Animas Sports Weekend for people with Type 1 Diabetes aged 18 or over, at Loughborough University

8th - 10th May 2015

Participant contribution fee £150

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Due a pump upgrade?

If you are due an upgrade now or soon it may be worth holding off for either the new Medtronic or Accu Chek pump. Both are due out anytime soon (no dates confirmed) After Medtronic obtained the CE Mark for the 640G back in June 2014, many have been waiting with antisipation for the general release of the new pump. We hope both pumps will be available in Scotland, but only time will tell.

minimed 640gBoth have new features, the next generation Medtronic 640GG will finally be waterproof, and has a whole new look. See picture on the left.

Other features (to be confirmed) inc:

Colour Screen

Bolus speed options

Maximum 90 days pump history

Remote bolus from Bayer Meter

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meter-captionsFreestyle Libre

3rd Sep 2014

On Sale now - http://www.freestylelibre.co.uk/products.html

Prices:

Starter pack (reader plus two sensors) £133.29 + VAT 1 sensor £48.29 + VAT

Key features of Abbott's FreeStyle Libre System include:

  • The system requires no finger prick calibration
  • Disposable, water-resistant sensor can be worn on the back of the upper arm for up to 14 days
  • Glucose readings can be taken as many times per day as needed or desired, with a painless one second scan
  • Each scan provides a current glucose reading, 8-hour history and the direction glucose is heading
  • The data generated by the system is designed to provide actionable trends and patterns that may help people determine how to modify food and other behaviors to better manage their diabetes in consultation with their healthcare professionals
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Novo Nordisk introduces NovoRapid PumpCart insulin pump

3rd Nov 2014

novopumpToday, Novo Nordisk launches NovoRapid® PumpCart®, the first prefilled pump cartridge with an insulin analogue that has been specifically designed for insulin pumps. This new treatment solution, which contains NovoRapid® (insulin aspart) – a rapid-acting insulin from Novo Nordisk – is expected to make insulin pump therapy more convenient for people with diabetes and their care staff. The 1.6 ml cartridge is developed in a non-exclusive partnership between Roche Diabetes Care and Novo Nordisk and is compatible with the new Accu-Chek®Insight insulin pump therapy system from Roche Diabetes Care.

“One of the challenges in operating a traditional pump lies in the manual filling of the insulin reservoir, a procedure with multiple steps, which can often be perceived as a complex and time-consuming process by patients and healthcare professionals alike,” commented Dr Parth Narendran, clinical senior lecturer and honorary consultant in medicine at the University of Birmingham.

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