Diane chats to Vicky Ford MP for Chelmsford at VOLFEST
- 18 June 2019
- Group News
Vicky Ford has worked tirelessly to obtain the Freestyle Libre on prescription for those with Diabetes living in Mid Essex. Vicky’s campaigning has included writing to the Mid Essex Commissioning Group, attending the All Party Group for Diabetes in Westminster, and the raising of the matter in Prime Ministers Question time. Some of the restrictions regarding the issue of the Libre on prescription were lifted in April 2019, due to the successful campaigning of Diabetes UK and MP’s with and interest in Diabetes. There is however a little way to go before each person with type 1 diabetes has an opportunity to have the device as a prescription item.
Vicky noticed Diane Smith, who is a committee member for the local Diabetes UK Group, was wearing a Freestyle Libre sensor, when manning a stall at the recent VolFEST event in Chelmsford . Vicky enquired with Diane about the intricacies on how the device worked.
The Freestyle Libre system consists of a sensor, which is worn by the individual, and a reader. The sensor lasts for 14 days, and is inserted into the arm with an applicator. The sensor measures the glucose level that is in the interstitial fluid (the watery part of the blood). The reader is passed over the sensor periodically to update the blood sugar results.
The sensor has not only enabled those with diabetes to manage their condition in a much better way, it is also much quicker and more convenient to use than conventional blood test strips.