Tayside Diabetes MCN Handbook 
Blood Glucose Meter Policy

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 Meters for use by Patients


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. The Formulary was agreed as a result of a review of meters by healthcare professionals and patients taking into account functionality, patient support, staff support, quality assurance and test-strip cost.

Below are the recommended meters and test strips for use in NHS Tayside.


Core Meter - Meter for all people with Type 2 Diabetes who require to carry out blood glucose monitoring (mainly patients on sulphonylurea drugs who drive and those on insulin therapy - see detailed guidance in MCN Handbook)

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.


Contour Meter

Ascensia Support Helpline tel: 0345 600 6030

Contour testing strips

To arrange for supplies of this meter for  General Practice, please contact:

E-mail: susanne.caw@ascensia.com

Phone: 07717 420297


People currently testing with the Nipro TRUEyou meter and test strips should continue doing so.

Specialist Meters – For use recommended and usually provided by the Specialist Diabetes Team – mainly for patients with Type 1 Diabetes.


Contour Link Meter

Ascensia Helpline tel: 0845 600 6030

Contour Next testing strips

Links with Medtronic insulin pump


Accu-Chek Aviva Expert Meter

Roche Helpline tel:.0800 701 000

Aviva blood testing strips

Carbohydrate counting and bolus advisor facility

GlucoRx HCT & Ketone BGM System

Helpline tel. 01483 755133

GlucoRx HCT glucose testing strips

GlucoRx HCT ketone testing strips

Blood glucose and blood ketone facility

To arrange for supplies of this meter for  General Practice, please contact:

E-mail: david@glucorx.co.uk

Phone: 07584 621363

Freestyle Optium NEO Meter

Helpline tel. 0500 467 466

Freestyle Optium glucose test strips

Freestyle Optium β-ketone test strips

Blood glucose and blood ketone facility

In exceptional circumstances, when the GlucoRx is unsuitable


SuperCheck2 Meter

Helpline tel no. 01636 831201

SuperCheck2 testing strips

‘Talking’ meter - suitable for people with visual impairment


People presently testing with meters recommended in the 2014 Formulary but not in this updated List should continue using these, but these should be replaced with one from this updated List when necessary.

With this in mind, the following test-strips may need to be prescribed:

  •  Freestyle Lite (for Freestyle InsuLinx meter)


  • BGStar (for iBGStar meter)


  • Glucomen LX sensor and Glucomen LX ketone (for Glucomen LX meter)



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 prescribable on the NHS by their GP.


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


The following list contains all Test Strips that should be prescribable for patient use in NHS Tayside:


Contour testing strips

TRUEyou test strips

Contour Next testing strips

Aviva blood testing strips

SuperCheck2 testing strips

Freestyle Lite test strips

BGStar test strips

GlucoRx HCT glucose testing strips

GlucoRx HCT ketone testing strips

Freestyle Optium glucose test strips

Freestyle Optium β-ketone test strips

Glucomen LX sensor test strips

Glucomen LX ketone test strips





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