NHS Leeds CCG has worked closely with the diabetes specialists in Leeds to understand which groups of patients would gain most health benefit from using Flash Glucose Monitoring (Freestyle Libre), whilst keeping it affordable for the NHS. We have consulted with and gained a consensus from a range of primary and secondary care clinicians and Diabetes UK to make our final decision.
We have also discussed with our neighbouring health economies to keep them informed of our position. Freestyle Libre remains a RED drug which means it is prescribed within the hospital setting only and not by a GP. The attached policy describes which patient groups within Leeds will be eligible for Flash Glucose monitoring through the NHS.
The CCG and diabetes specialists consider this new policy as a positive move forward for the management of Type 1 diabetes in Leeds.