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My insulin pen is broken, lost or stolen, what do I do?

It is always a good idea to have a spare one most insulin pens are available on prescription from your GP.

My blood glucose meter is not working, what do I do?

First check batteries if they need replacing these are free from the manufacturers. Your GP practice should have supply of replacement meters if required. The meter company is:

Novo Nordisk 0845 600 5055

I need a new blood glucose monitoring diary, where can I get one?

These are available to collect at your diabetes annual review or diabetes clinic appointment. You can also use the contact the number at the back of your diary and ask the company to send you one out.

I am going abroad and need a letter to travel through customs, how do I get this?

These are available from your GP practice. If you are registered with the diabetes specialist nurse they can provide one for you.

Will diabetes affect my driving or insurance?

People with diabetes drive and do have insurance. Contact the DVLA or Diabetes UK for up to date information or speak to your doctor or nurse.

I have recently been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, where can I get some more information?

Ask your GP or practice nurse to refer you to DESMOND, (this is a national one day course provided locally for people with Type 2 diabetes).

Diabetes UK has up to date information on their website. If your first language is not English DESMOND BME is designed for you, and if you have had diabetes for a long time there is DESMOND ongoing.

I've got diabetes and I'm not sure what I can eat

A healthy balanced diet is recommended to everyone. Diabetic food products are expensive and unnecessary. Speak to your dietitian or nurse. You can contact Diabetes UK for further guidance as well.

I have diabetes and thinking about having a baby, do I need to do anything?

Please speak to your diabetes specialist nurse or GP first as you may need some specialist advice.

Useful Links

Diabetes UK - They are the largest organisation in the UK working for people with diabetes, funding research, campaigning and helping people live with the condition.

Diabetes .co.uk - This is an online community where you can access information, tools and a forum where people with diabetes can talk to each other.

Contact

Diabetes Specialist Nurses - 0300 304 5555

Diabetes Specialist Dietitian - 0303 330 9869

Useful Links

Diabetes UK - They are the largest organisation in the UK working for people with diabetes, funding research, campaigning and helping people live with the condition.

Diabetes.co.uk - This is an online community where you can access information, tools and a forum where people with diabetes can talk to each other.