In order to find out the situation around the country for Libre prescribing now that the national policy has been published, I have made the decision to contact many of them to find out their plans. I have arbitrarily chosen to contact all English CCGs that in December 2018 prescribed Libre via Primary Care to less than 5% of their population (and one specific request from a group member). I had hoped this would be a small list, but there are 135 CCGs on the list. I may have bitten off more than I can chew, but I'm committed to doing this and feeding back. It worked before and hopefully this level of scrutiny will bring similar results.
Below is a screenshot of the base document I am sending to each of the CCGs - it has some fields that are merge fields, so don't worry about the brackets and codes in the document (I found a typo, which has now been corrected too).
The major piece of work with respect to this is finding the right person to contact. However, I have some m…
Happy New Year! Hope you had a great festive period.
There have been so many discussions about language over the
past years and rightly so.I don’t tend
to contribute to these discussions as I can see both sides of the argument and
I don’t think the 280 character limit of Twitter enables a rational discussion on this topic to
be undertaken.I hope that this blog
post may help to provoke some sensible discussion.There are a few areas I think worth exploring.
I think this is key to any discussions about language and
diabetes.What is acceptable to say in
one forum could very well be unacceptable in another.What is acceptable for someone with scant
knowledge of or contact with diabetes, may certainly not be acceptable to someone that is
in regular contact with diabetes (or dare I say it with diabetics!).The key is not to stifle
discussion.I think that the current
situation where any perceived deviation from the textbook way of talking about
diabetes is jumped on heavily …
One of my get well cards! On Tuesday 23rd April I was leading my wife's horse from the field. My daughter was behind with her horse (we're honestly not that posh.. We do all the work ourselves and do it cost effectively.). A third horse decided it didn't want to be left in the field, so pushed past and frightened the horse I was leading. It bolted and ran straight into me, fracturing my tibial plateau. (the part of the tibia bone just below the knee). The next day, I was operated on under GA to permanently pin/plate the knee area back together. See x-rays below for what they did.
Continued below, but in case you don't want to keep reading, here is the current situation as of 1st June
I'm still at least four weeks off being able to bend my leg, but am basically OK. Claire has all-but had her diagnosis of early-onset rheumatoid arthritis. Not great, but hopefully treatment will start soon.
And...as of 5th June, I'm now able to bend the leg and put full weight throu…