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Flash Glucose Monitoring (Libre)

Diabetes UK have a section of their website talking about Flash here.  

My Diabetes My Way have a page on Libre here.

JDRF discuss Flash on a section of their website here.  

Eligibility Criteria for NHS funding for those with Type 1 Diabetes (you need one of the following):

  1. Monitoring > 8 times daily, as demonstrated on a meter download/review over the past 3 months
  2. Pregnant women
  3. Those unable to routinely self-monitor blood glucose due to disability who require carers to support glucose monitoring and insulin management
  4. Those with occupational (e.g. working in insufficiently hygienic conditions to safely facilitate finger-prick testing) or psychological circumstances that warrant a 6-month trial of Libre with appropriate adjunct support
  5. Previous self-funders who would have satisfied one or more of these criteria prior to them commencing use of Flash Glucose Monitoring had these criteria been in place prior to April 2019 AND has shown improvement in HbA1c since self-funding
  6. Can be considered as an alternative to CGM (severe hypoglycaemia or impaired awareness of hypoglycaemia, although NICE suggests that Continuous Glucose Monitoring with an alarm is the standard)


See the national guidance here

The Diabetes Technology Network UK are a branch of the Association of British Clinical Diabetologists.  They have produced a Freestyle Libre Education programme consisting of informative videos. 


They have new guidance on Libre 2 which helps a guide you in how you might want to set up your alarms.

The Edinburgh Cenre for Endocrinology & Diabetes have produced a Survey Monkey Quiz designed to support those using Flash Glucose Monitoring (Libre) but also useful for those using other forms of CGM.  Suitable for those using Multiple Daily Injections as well as Insulin Pump users. There is also a guide they have produced.

Libre 2 is now available. Those people currently using Libre 1 can be switched. For more information on how to do this check out our Libre 2 page.


DTN-UK guidance on setting up alarms strongly recommended.

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