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Can I get flash glucose monitoring on the NHS?

Everyone with type 1 diabetes in the UK is entitled to flash glucose sensing on the NHS
Content last reviewed and updated: 08.02.2024

A man using his flash glucose monitor

Everyone with type 1 diabetes in the UK is entitled to flash glucose sensing or continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) on the NHS.

Flash glucose sensing is also known by its brand name Freestyle Libre 2. Libre 2 only works as flash if you use it with the dedicated receiver. When used with a compatible phone, it works as a CGM.

National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance for flash, which sets out who can access it, is the same as the guidance for continuous glucose monitoring, so visit our page on how to get a CGM on the NHS for more information.

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