NHS England recently announced action to end the current variation patients in some parts of the country are facing to access Freestyle Libre.
The wearable sensor does away with the need for inconvenient and sometimes painful finger prick blood tests by relaying glucose levels to a smartphone or e-reader.
NHS England has promised that the device, which is the size of a £2 coin and sits on the arm, will be available on prescription for all patients who qualify for it in line with NHS clinical guidelines. From April 2019, these patients will be able to receive it on prescription from their local GP or diabetes team helping them to better manage their blood sugar levels.
But the device is already available in some areas, and people in Dorset with type 1 diabetes have been campaigning for it to be made available immediately here too.
Healthwatch Dorset has now commented on the situation: