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I have had type 1 diabetes mellitus for over 40 years. I am not overweight and eat a good healthy alkaline diet.

I have never been offered in all my years as a diabetic patient, an insulin pump. Can you please set out how best to get one on the NHS in UK.

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The Answer

It appears that there is a high demand for insulin pumps in the UK. 

There is an eligibility criteria that ensures the most suitable candidates’ gain access to insulin pump therapy.

There are two options:

  • To self-fund pump and consumables.
  • Pump is paid for by NHS for those who meet the eligibility criteria.

On the NHS

The process varies across different parts of the UK depending on demand, budget and number of health professionals with level of experience. Applying for an insulin pump on the NHS can take from several weeks to over a year.

Process

  • To ensure you are in, or gain a transferal to a clinic which includes specialists in insulin pump therapy
  • To meet the criteria set out in the NICE guidelines
  • To work with your health team to show dedication to achieving diabetes control
  • The funding stage
  • To undergo insulin pump training

Suitability for an Insulin Pump

  • Regular episodes of severe hypoglycemia
  • Unpredictable instances of hypoglycemia that leads to significant and persistent anxiety and distress
  • A HbA1c level of over 8.5% despite a high level of dedication towards achieving diabetes control

I hope this information is of some use to you, do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any further questions.

Answered by Health at Hand nurses.

 

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