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Posted: Fri 9 Mar 2018 @ 08:05 by

I've been using the Libre continuously for nearly 2 years and it is safe to say it has completely changed my life for the better - I now feel like my Diabetes is under control.  But, we now have a bit of an issue.  Since the NHS (in some areas) have decided to fund the Libre, Abbott are leaving us poor self funding customers without sensors - I've been waiting over 3 weeks for my latest order and they are now limiting to buying 2 sensors at once. 

I'm not bothered about getting York PCT to fund them (although it would be nice) but is there any way that York NHS could order the sensors and we buy them from you? I'm getting desperate and the panic about not having a sensor isn't doing my blood sugars any good; oh the irony! 

I appreciate that the NHS contract will be worth millions to Abbott but it's really difficult to swallow that the rest of us that are happy to self fund are having to let our own care suffer.

If anyone has any ideas how we can get a reliable supply that would be really helpful.

This is absolutely not a rant at York NHS about funding, just wanted to make that clear :-)


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Posted: Fri 9 Mar 2018 @ 08:16 by kev wilson

From the Facebook Freestyle Libre (UK users) group I see people ordering directly from local chemists (@ around £35-£48 claiming VAT exemption) with a 3 day delivery time.


Boots & Lloyds chemists across the UK get plenty of mentions supplying the device.

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Posted: Fri 9 Mar 2018 @ 08:43 by

Hi. I got 2 from Tesco at Clifton Moor for £48 each exc VAT. They had them in but said to ring a couple of days before just in case they had sold out. The Facebook group also had a photograph from Vale if York CCG saying they would fund it under certain circumstances. 

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Posted: Fri 9 Mar 2018 @ 11:12 by

Thank you!  I will find the contact details of those mentioned and see if I can get hold of some. 

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