Tayside Diabetes MCN Handbook 
Blood Glucose/Ketone Meter Formulary

Blood Glucose Meter for use by NHS Tayside Staff


NHS Tayside has converted to the Accu–Chek Inform II blood glucose meter for use in hospital environments. All staff who routinely use a glucose meter for patient care at Ninewells (excepting TORT), Carseview, PRI, Murray Royal, Royal Dundee Liff, Royal Victoria, Arbroath Infirmary, Ashludie, Whitehills, Little Cairnie, Stracathro, Montrose Infirmary, Links, Sunnyside, Brechin Infirmary, Blairgowrie Hospital, St. Margaret's Hospital, Aberfeldy Hospital, Pitlochry Hospital, Creiff Hospital. Staff must undergo training and will be issued with personalised barcodes in order to use the new meters.

For NHS Tayside employed community staff (not within any of the above locations), including District Nurses, the Accu-Chek Performa meter and test strips should be used.


 Blood Glucose/Ketone Meters for use by People with Diabetes


A balance needs to be maintained which restricts the number of different meters recommended or issued to patients but still allows for provision of a meter that is suitable for individual patient 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 and it is not one of those on the NHS Tayside Blood Glucose Meter Formulary, the test strips will not be prescribed by their GP.


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, steriod use and those on insulin therapy - see MCN Handbook on Blood Glucose Monitoring


Contour Meter

Contour test strips

Ascensia Support Helpline tel: 0345 600 6030

For supplies of meter in General Practice contact: susanne.caw@ascensia.com 07717 420297

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


Specialist Meters – For use recommended and usually provided by the Specialist Diabetes Team

Predominantly for people with Type 1 Diabetes.


Accu-Chek Aviva Expert Meter

Aviva test strips

Carbohydrate counting and bolus advisor facility

Roche Helpline tel:.0800 701 000

Contour Link Meter

Contour Next test strips

Links with Medtronic insulin pump

Ascensia Helpline tel: 0845 600 6030

Freestyle Lite Meter

Freestyle Lite test strips

Links with Omnipod insulin pump

Abbott Helpline tel: 0800 170 1177

Freestyle Optium Ketone Meter

Freestyle Optium β-ketone test strips

Ketone facility for people using Freestyle Libre

Abbott Helpline tel: 0500 467 466

Glucomen Areo 2K Meter

Glucomen Areo test strips

Blood Glucose and Ketone facility

Menarini Helpline tel: 0800 243667


GlucoRx Nexus Meter

GlucoRx Nexus test strips    

‘Talking’ meter - suitable for people with visual impairment

Gluco RX Helpline tel: 01483 755133    


Freestyle Libre Reader

Freestyle Libre Sensor       

Flash Glucose Monitoring

Abbot Helpline tel: 0800 170 1177

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


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


People requiring advice regarding blood glucose monitoring and suitability of meters can contact Diabetes Specialist Nurse Team

Angus 01241 447811

Dundee 01382 632293

Perth 01738 473476




Last Updated February 2019