Diabetes UK is campaigning during Diabetes Week for improved provision of and access to insulin pumps throughout the UK.
Insulin pump therapy continually infuses insulin into the layer of tissue just beneath the skin, called the subcutaneous tissue. Insulin pumps work by delivering a varied dose of fast-acting insulin continually throughout the day and night, at a rate that is pre-set according to the individual’s needs.
The advantage of insulin pumps is that, for some people, it can help improve diabetes control and minimise the frequency of hypos. It can also give more freedom in day-to-day life with insulin, diet and activity levels. A pump is about the size of a pager.
Although there is guidance from NICE (National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence) on issuing pumps, there is still wide variation in access to them. You can help in a few simple ways:
1. Send a letter to your Primary Care Trust and local MP.
2. Get press coverage about this important issue by talking to your local media.
3. Encourage friends and family members to get involved in the campaign.
Diabetes UK can provide template letters and press releases – just firstname.lastname@example.org call 020 7424 1123.