Doing a little research has benefited Joseph
Joseph, CONTOUR®NEXT ONE meter user:
“I’m confident testing with this meter”
Joseph has type 1 diabetes, and was diagnosed at the age of 8. When he requested to change his prescription to CONTOUR®NEXT strips, he was turned down due to funding cuts. Joseph persevered and persuaded the practice diabetes nurse to speak to the GP after sharing his experience of using the CONTOUR®NEXT ONE meter.
“At my appointment with the practice nurse at my doctor’s surgery, I discussed my medication and requested to switch to CONTOUR®NEXT strips. I was told that due to cuts in the NHS and under new guidelines, they weren’t allowed to issue prescriptions for these.”
“When I visited the nurse, I had already been using the app and meter for a week. So I showed her my readings and data in my app on the phone. She was very impressed with the results. When she shared them with my GP he agreed that the CONTOUR®NEXT ONE was helping me to manage my diabetes better and switched my prescription.”
So what does Joseph think made the difference?
“I think I was successful in convincing them because I was determined to show that these testing strips help me to better manage my condition. My advise to others in the same situation is to do their research and make an appointment to see their practice diabetes nurse or GP.”
Guidance, not strict rules
Changes to local formulary guidelines are often given as a reason for not changing a prescription. However they are only guidelines – even if your strips aren’t on the list, your GP can still prescribe them. So don’t feel awkward about discussing your needs with your GP, or explaining why you think your chosen meter is the best for your needs. After all, the cost of any complications from your diabetes would be a lot higher than the difference in costs between two types of test strips.