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NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Eligibility Criteria

Am I eligible for Freestyle Libre?

Freestyle Libre has been approved for prescription, for people living within NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde with Type 1 Diabetes who are using multiple daily insulin injections or insulin pump therapy and have been assessed by the specialist clinician to meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Patients who undertake intensive monitoring with a minimum of 6 tests per day.
  • Impaired awareness of hypoglycaemia.
  • Frequent hospital admissions (>2 per year) with DKA or hypoglycaemia.
  • Those who require a third party to perform monitoring or where dexterity/disability makes conventional testing difficult.
  • Those who meet the current NICE criteria for insulin pump where a successful trial of Freestyle Libre may avoid the need for pump therapy.
  • Women who are either planning a pregnancy or are pregnant.

 To be eligible for funding we ask that you: 

  • attend a locally provided Flash Glucose Monitoring education session; and
  • scan glucose levels no less than six times per day; and
  • share glucose data with your diabetes clinic and complete any clinical and quality of life questionnaires;
  • have attended a recognised diabetes structured education programme and/or the clinical team are satisfied that the person is able to self-manage their diabetes.
  • note that continued availability will depend on on-going effective use of the technology to improve self-management. 

The eligibility criteria being used in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is the criteria which was outlined in the Use of Freestyle Libre® flash glucose monitoring system document, Diabetes Managed Clinical Network Lead Clinicians Position Statement January 2018


What happens if I do not live in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde?

For people who attend one of our hospitals but live in another board area, funding of Freestyle Libre will be at the discretion of the board where you live based on their agreed eligibility criteria. We would encourage you to complete the online training and attend one of our education sessions, following which we will contact your resident health board requesting that you are considered for prescription of sensors.

Last Updated: 15 July 2020