1.      Blood Glucose/Ketone Meters, Strips and Lancets for Use by People with Diabetes


A balance needs to be maintained which restricts the number of different meters recommended or issued to people with diabetes but still allows for provision of a meter that is suitable for individual need in relation to user acceptability and ease of use.  

People should be informed that if they receive a new meter directly from a Meter Company or are using a meter and it is not one of those on the list below, the test strips will not be prescribed by their GP.

Advice on any technical aspects or issues with meter the company helpline should be contacted.

 People requiring advice regarding blood glucose monitoring can contact Diabetes Specialist Nurse Team 

Angus 01241 447811   Dundee 01382 632293   Perth 01738 473476


1.1    Core Meter -  For people with Type 2 Diabetes who require to monitor blood glucose


Predominantly  people taking sulphonylurea drugs who drive, are at risk of hypoglycaemia, steroid use and those on insulin therapy – see MCN Handbook on Blood Glucose Monitoring


Contour Plus  Blue Meter

Ascensia Helpline Tel: 0345 600 6030

For supplies of meter in General Practice contact:


Tel: 07717 420297

Contour Plus Testing Strips

Microdot Plus Lancet 0.3mm/30G


Anticipated Usage: Up to 50 per month for those not on insulin or also using Freestyle Libre, Up to 200  per month for those on insulin multiple daily injections


In a few, exceptional circumstances, the Core Meter may not be appropriate for an individual. Advice can be sought from the Diabetes Specialist Nursing Team in such circumstances.


People currently testing with the Contour and Nipro TRUEyou meter and test strips can continue doing so, if and when their meter needs replaced it should be replaced with a Contour Plus Blue Meter.


1.2    Specialiat Meter -  For use recommended by the Specialist Diabetes Team


Predominantly  for people  with Type 1 Diabetes.


Nipro Sure Smart Duo Meter

Ability to link with App to support carbohydrate counting and bolus advice

Blood glucose and ketone facility

Nipro Tel: 02380 604 300

4SURE Testing strips

4SURE ß-Ketone Testing Strips

Microdot Plus


Accu-chek Guide Meter

Links with Medtronic  670 and 780  insulin pumps

Roche Helpline tel:.0800 701 000

Guide Testing Strips

FastClix Lancet 0.3mm


Contour Link Meter

Links with Medtronic  640 insulin pump

Ascensia Helpline Tel: 0845 600 6030


Contour Next Testing Strips

Microdot Plus Lancet 0.3mm/30G


Freestyle Lite Meter

Links with Omnipod insulin pump

Abbott Helpline Tel: 0800 170 1177


Freestyle Lite Testing Strips

Microdot Plus Lancet 0.3mm/30G


Freestyle Optium Meter

Blood Glucose and Ketone facility

Ketone Facility for people using Freestyle Libre

Abbott Helpline Tel. 0800 170 1177


Freestyle Optium Testing Strips

Freestyle Optium β-Ketone

Testing Strips

Microdot Plus Lancet 0.3mm/30G


GlucoRX Nexus Meter

‘Talking’ meter - suitable for people with visual impairment

GlucoRX Helpline Tel: 01483 755133


GlucoRX Nexus Testing Strips

Microdot Plus Lancet 0.3mm/30G


Wavesense Jazz Meter

For women with gestational diabetes during pregnancy

Agamatrix Helpline Tel: 0800 093 1812


Wavesense Jazz  Testing Strips

Microdot Plus Lancet 0.3mm/30G


Anticipated Usage: Up to 200 per month


For some people with diabetes who require assistance with testing or who have poor vision, dexterity issues or require third party assistance it may be appropriate to use single use lancets.


Unistik3 Comfort Lancets 1.8mm


 2.    Flash Glucose Monitoring


Sensors should only be prescribed on the guidance of the Specialist Diabetes Team see MCN Handbook on Flash Glucose Monitoring.


Freestyle Libre

Abbot Helpline Tel: 0800 170 1177

Freestyle Libre Sensor

Freestyle Libre 2 Sensor


3.     Insulin Pen Needles / GLP-1 Pen Needles


BD Viva Needles Pen Inj Screw On

4mm/32 gauge


For some patients who require assistance with injections or who have poor vision, dexterity issues or require third party assistance it may be appropriate to use ‘safety pen needles’


BD Autoshield Duo hypodermic insulin Needles Screw On

5mm/30 gauge


 4.     Reusable Insulin Pens


Allstar Pro

Autopen Classic 1 or 2 unit

HumaPen Savvio

HumaPen Luxura


NovoPen 5

NovoPen 6

NovoPen Echo

NovoPen Echo Plus


 5.     Insulin Syringes


BD microfine hypodermicU100 Insulin Syringes

0.5ml 8mm

£1.48 per 10

1.0ml 8mm

£1.47 per 10


6.     Sharps Disposal


The provision and disposal of sharps bins is through the NHS Tayside service



7.      Glucose Products


Glucoboost, Glucojuice or Glucotablets should not be routinely provided on prescription. Patients should be encouraged to carry a rapid acting source of carbohydrate, which may include these but can be purchased without prescription.  There may be specific circumstances where it is recommended by an individual’s diabetes care team. See guidance for treatment of hypoglycaemia  http://www.diabetes-healthnet.ac.uk/Default.aspx?pageid=37