Libre sensors are funded by the NHS if you take multiple daily injections of insulin (e.g. Levemir and Novorapid) and are willing to test regularly and share your data with the Forth Valley Diabetes team.
Please contact the diabetes team if you are eligible for a sensor.
Patches/adhesives from pharmacy.
Contact Abbot 0800 1701 177 for replacement sensors.
Notify Diabetes team for a video appointment with a member of the Diabetes Team.
If you would like more information on how taking insulin affects driving and the DVLA please see the DVLA website.
You should check for ketones if you are unwell and your blood glucose is above 14mmol. See the Illness
If you have an Android OS 5.0 or higher or an iPhone 7 or running iOS 11 or later, you can download the FreeStyle LibreLink app to scan with your phone. See the Upload Your Meter/Sensor
page. for more information.
Contact the Diabetes Team & they will request a blood test for you. Once this has been done you will need to schedule your own appointment to get your blood taken at the Falkirk Hub by calling 01324 616155.
Spare insulin should be kept in the fridge. Make sure it is not touching the back of the fridge where there is risk of frost.
After each injection of insulin the needle should be removed and placed in a sharps bin. This ensures the pen stays sterile and the needles are sharp.
You should be able to request a replacement meter direct from the company. Your GP or Pharmacy should also be able to supply you with a meter.
We have limited amount of stock at FVRH, if your meter is lost or broken and you cannot get a replacement from the Company, your GP or Pharmacy then call the Diabetes Nurses on 01324 566929.
Injection sites should be rotated to keep injection sites healthy and avoid liperhypertrophy. See this video
Using hand or body lotion press down firmly on your injection areas feeling for any lumps. See this video
If blood glucose is below 4, take 15g of fast acting carbohydrate e.g. 150ml can of cola, 3 jelly babies, 150mls orange juice, 5 dextrose tablets. Wait 15 minutes, if blood glucose is still below 4 take another 15g CHO. If blood glucose is above 4 take 15g of slower releasing CHO e.g. banana, toast, cereal bar.
See our video on Treating Hypos Appropriately and downloadable leaflet.
Look for any patters if your blood glucose levels are high before meals, such as time of the day, snacks, stress, not enough insulin with your previous meal.
Download the 10 steps to better diabetes control.
Your blood glucose levels may be low for many different reasons. Some reasons can include; too much insulin, heat, stress, exercise, alcohol. Download the 10 steps to better diabetes control (PDF link) and see our page on online resources
See this Know your numbers diagram
, but you may have individualised results therefore contact the Diabetes team if you are unsure.
If you take mulitple daily injections, you should test your blood glucose when you wake up, before and after any meals or snacks, before you drive or take part in any exercise and before bed.
My Diabetes My Way
is an NHS Scotland interactive diabetes website to help support people who have diabetes and their family and friends. You can view your own up to date diabetes clinic results and find leaflets videos and educational tools to help you manage your condition more effectively.
Contact your GP for any issues related to our prescriptions.
New research, called the DiRECT trial has shown that losing weight can help to reverse your type 2 diabetes
if you have been recently diagnosed.
Please see our online groups and visit the Libre Academy
which covers modules on interpreting LibreView.
Please contact the relevant team and leave a message. If you appointment was with a Diabetes Specialist Nurse or Consultant please call 01324 566929. If your appointment was with the dietitians please call 01324 566626.
If you have been started on steroids your blood glucose levels may be slightly higher than normal. If you are unsure how to manage this please contact the team.
Contact 111 (24 hrs) or Diabetes Team (Monday – Friday 8:30am-4:30m).
Personal Independence Payment is not based on the condition you have or the medication you take. It is based on the level of help you need because of how your condition affects you. You’re assessed on the level of help you need with specific activities. If you need more information visit www.gov.uk/pip
Check injection sites, insulin technique.