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Flash – campaigning for life-changing technology

We’re delighted to announce that since November 2017, Flash Glucose Monitoring is available, in principle, on the NHS across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

And it wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work of supporters like you who joined the Flash campaign. Together, we’ve made change happen.

But before people in your area can get flash technology on prescription, your local NHS leaders need to agree their own policies. Frustratingly, this will mean that the situation is different depending on where you live.

Diabetes UK does not want to see a postcode lottery in accessing the technology. And we need your help to make that happen.

Help us find out about Flash in your area

Flash Glucose Monitoring - What's happening in your area

To help you find out the situation in your area we’ve created the Flash Map. This shows the decisions on access in each area that we are aware of. Just scroll to your local area, click the icon and find out the situation locally.

This map is created with information passed to us by people with diabetes, Diabetes UK teams on the ground and charities JDRF and INPUT.

If you have further information you want to share about local policies – please contact

Help us get Flash GM across the map

We’ve shown the difference we can make when we fight together. To help people with diabetes, we want to make the map complete across the UK. Send an email to your local healthcare decision makers to find out what's happening in your area. It takes just a minute with our quick online tool.

Getting Flash

If you want to find out more about your rights, check out our support pack - How can I get Flash Glucose Monitoring if I need it? (PDF, 325KB)  And if you're still facing problems, the Diabetes UK Advocacy Team are here to help.

Join the fight for Flash

A major first victory for people with diabetes

Flash Glucose Monitoring (also called Flash GM) is a new technology that is potentially life-changing for many people with diabetes.

It’s a small sensor that you wear on your skin. It stores your blood glucose levels (or blood sugar levels) continuously and you can access them by scanning the sensor whenever you want to. This can free people living with diabetes from the pain of frequent finger-prick testing, making it easier to keep on top of blood sugar levels.

Until now, only people who could afford this technology could use it.

We think everyone with diabetes should have access to the right technology to support them. That’s why we’ve been campaigning with you, for Flash Glucose Monitoring to be free on the NHS.


Adrian and his FreeStyle Libre


"This device represents the biggest step forward in my 18 years as a Type 1. I would be truly lost without it, and there are numerous advantages."

Read Adrian's experience





Mike tells us the benefits of using flash 



"Wearing a sensor gives me more confidence in managing my diabetes. It frees me up to do more exercise and take part in physical activities without needing to run my BGs in double figures 'just in case'."

Read Mike's experience




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