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Many of you will have read that the Freestyle Libre is 'on tariff' from 1 November 2017. This means that it will be possible for it to be prescribed in the NHS. However, this is not the same as 'everyone will get a Libre'. The Health Boards will be making decisions about availabilty but Diabetes Consultants across Scotland are working on guidance that hopefully will mean a large number of patients will benefit. It is likely that there will be a 'contract' with recipients about teaching, use of the device and benefits but the details are still being discussed. The guidance for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is being prepared.

Be aware that, as a result of the plans for a 'sugar-tax', many products are being produced with less sugar. While this is a good thing, there are big implications for the treatment of hypoglycaemia.

Details here

Please help us to reduce non-attendance rates. Our clinics are struggling to cope with the DNA (Did Not Attend) rate which continues to run at around 20%. The problem is re-appointing for missed attendances as well as wasting clinical time.
It is estimated that the cost of a missed slot in an outpatient clinic is approximately £400 but the missed opportunity is worse as staff are hanging about waiting. We are aware that the hospital appointments system is frequently to blame but there is also a tendency not to inform us if you know that you cannot attend. PLEASE call as soon as you are aware that you will be unable to come and we can offer the slot to someone else. It's your service - help us to make it efficient.

We believe that our new targets are helping and the latest national figures show continuing improvement in GGC patients' glycaemic control. Of course it could always be better and Scotland still lags behind many countries, including England.

You can learn more about the new targets here.

Graphs showing all the latest results (updated quarterly) are displayed in the clinic waiting room.

Outpatient and Teaching Services remain at Yorkhill while inpatient services are managed by the same team but in the New Children's Hospital. The team delivers clinics in Glasgow, Paisley, Greenock, Oban and Stornoway.

Keep hypo remedies (tablets or gels) in various places such as your school bag, gym bag, the car, different coats or jacket pockets so that if you leave the house without them, you will still have a spare packet/gel with you

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