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The Accu-Check Aviva and Accu-Check Compact Plus will both be on offer starting Monday INSTORE only and in stores with Pharmacies only

Orininal price is £12.99 sale price is £3.99
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#1
Good find. Thanks for this.
#2
Thanks for the pointer MANJ_007 :) Very good price for a monitor!

http://www.joset.ch/apo/images/accuchekaviva_200.jpghttp://www.yorkshirediabetes.com/media/Meters/Accucheck_compplus.jpg
#3
This is from morrisons stores only right ? :)
#4
Those are the two quoted in the first post :) Also, yes Morrisons in-store ;-)
#5
I don't know if they come with testing strips and needles though.
#6
they usually come with some test strrips and lancets, prefer the active model to both of these models.
#7
They are free if you are diabetic!
#8
I wonder if you can get the Testing Strips and Lancets on the NHS?? I hope so. These are getting smaller and require less blood, which is very good.
#9
mullerman
They are free if you are diabetic!

This model?
#10
I think it depends on which Health Authority area you're in as to which model you get? But the one I know of is Ascensia Contour which is free from the Diabetic Clinics here.
#11
Also, you don't need to be diabetic to want to keep a check on your glucose/sugar levels.
#12
rayman
I think it depends on which Health Authority area you're in as to which model you get? But the one I know of is Ascensia Contour which is free from the Diabetic Clinics here.


What's that model like?
#13
rayman
Also, you don't need to be diabetic to want to keep a check on your glucose/sugar levels.

Agreed, but *****ing your finger is not something I'd like to do.
I have two members of my Family who are Diabetic. :-(

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#14
rayman
Also, you don't need to be diabetic to want to keep a check on your glucose/sugar levels.

http://www.dd.nl/uploads/Bayer%20Acensia%20Contour1.jpg
Ascensia Contour and test strip alongside it. A very tiny amount of blood from an also very tiny pin pr1ck.
#15
dinosteveus
Agreed, but *****ing your finger is not something I'd like to do.
I have two members of my Family who are Diabetic. :-(


The finger clipper comes with the above and using it doesn't hurt at all. You can reduce the depth of pin for different skin, but even the deepest isn't as bad as accidentally pr1cking your finger with a sewing needle for example [tried it out before having to take readings from someone myself].

I would imagine the one from Morrison's is just the same and for peace of mind or checking your levels, great price!

Thanks again to MANJ_007 for the find.
[mod]#16
Very good deal on this ManJ, thanks for posting it! :thumbsup:
#17
Thanks Ray.
We have the OneTouch Ultra Lifescan.
#18
Try telling a 15 year it doesn't hurt. She is meant to pr1ck her finger at least twice a day.
#19
Anyway, Good find:)
Voted hot and rep'd.
#20
yes you can get strips for these meters on NHS but only if your diabetic
#21
Dinosteveus, you can get a machine called the ONE TOUCH ULTRA which allows you to test on the forearm, less painful there. Speak to the diabetic nurse at the surgery and see if they will issue new ones, failing that get in touch with the manufacturers and they normally give free meters to patients because they rip the NHS off on the strips later.

Thanks for the feedbakk everyone, appreciated
#22
MANJ_007
Dinosteveus, you can get a machine called the ONE TOUCH ULTRA which allows you to test on the forearm, less painful there. Speak to the diabetic nurse at the surgery and see if they will issue new ones, failing that get in touch with the manufacturers and they normally give free meters to patients because they rip the NHS off on the strips later.

Thanks for the feedbakk everyone, appreciated


We have the One Touch Ultra but my O/H (who's been Diabetic for years) and my Daughter will not test on their forearms.
#23
If your not diabetic you have to pay the full price of the strips, last time I bought some they were about 40p each.
#24
dinosteveus
We have the One Touch Ultra but my O/H (who's been Diabetic for years) and my Daughter will not test on their forearms.


If you want i can speak to the drug reps and see if there is anything new on the market or in the pipeline for pain free testing, let me look at my books im sure there is one available which is virtually pain free, ill be in touch as soonas i find out
#25
Evening all - perhaps I can help - as a community pharmacist I am often called on to advise on meters. Indeed in my pharmacies we keep a wide range of meters. They all have different pro's and con's. Some use only a small blood sample (such as the freestyle mini) many have large displays for those who have dificulty reading smaller ones, some have 17 strips in a drum (accuchek compact)) some come with a new multiclix lancet that uses hypodermic technology (rather than a needle end that looks like a spade) and so are supposed to be less painful (this is the new accucheck aviva). What you really want to do is go somewhere that has a few to look at and also that has someone who knows a thing or two about them. Often pharmacies will have special offers on because they will have have a rep from one of the companies come in and do a special offer (as someone mentioned earlier on these companies make their money from the strips not the meters - bit like printers and cartridges). So for instance in my pharmacies in Stirling and Edinburgh we have the new accuchek aviva for £3.99.

The NHS will provide you with strips and lancets for whichever machine you choose providing you are diabetic (although I have heard some areas doing a deal with one manufacturer and then trying to get everyone to use that meter by dishing it out FOC). The diabetic nurses sometimes have free ones to give out - again this is down to the company providing them to the diabetic clinic and this is certainly not available all the time.

As an independent pharmacy we like to make sure we know our onions when it comes to these kinds of things - I would suggest going somewhere that can demonstrate the same. Even phone round and see if anyone is doing special offers on meters.

Hope this helps!

rgds

Noel
#26
Thanks for the post Noel.:)
My Daughter would keep you busy with all her CF meds :-(

I think we'll buy the Aviva and see if it encourages more tests.:roll:
#27
Thanks for all the extra info all :)

Nice review Noel20vt, very useful! Those virtually painless ones, sound like the finger click type I tried describing above. My relative with Diabetes is lucky enough to get the whole lot supplied from the clinic and repeats from the pharmacy. The test strips are in a small tub of about fifty? The lancet box has around 100 pieces with the twist off ends. Very easy for me to use for taking a tiny bit of blood and test readings.

So is £3.99 about right for these Accu-Chek monitors? Thanks.
#28
good posts all round esp noel
#29
You really only need blood glucose testing equipment if you are an insulin dependent diabetic or are being considered for insulin by hospital/GP/nurse.
Many diet/ oral medication contrlolled diabetics only need urine monitoring or Hba1c testing and clinic reviews.
I would suggest talking to your diabetic nurse before buying these machines/ strips.
It would be ridiculous to buy this machine if you were not diabetic. If you are concerned about diabetes then go to your local pharmacy or practice nurse for a check.
#30
rayman
Also, you don't need to be diabetic to want to keep a check on your glucose/sugar levels.


Lloyds were doing free checks as of a year or so ago, didn't seem to be any age restriction. Got my sugar levels checked along with blood pressure - no charge.

Anybody know of any free cholesterol checks going BTW ?
#31
Glad people found that info useful. As far as pain free testing goes I dont think there is any such thing just yet, however the finger *****ing devices that come with all of the diabetes meters have variable depths which means you can set it to the lowest depth to still draw blood. I have to say I recommend the Aviva and the compact quite a lot - the compact is goo because it has a drum with 17 tests in it - so no fiddly changing test strips each and every time. I also like the Aviva because of its small sample size (not so long ago it felt like going to give blood to get a reading off one of these things) its fast reading time but most importantly its got the new multiclix finger *****er. This device has a drum of six lancets in - again you can vary the depth - but the big things as far as pain reduction goes is that it is hollow (this is the first of its kind to use this micro hypodermic technology as far as i know) rather than shaped like a spade which lift a small flap of skin. However what probably really makes a difference is that you can only use each needle once. Where many people incur extra pain is that they use the same lancet again and again. They are so fine/delicate that if you look at a microscope picture of a lancet after it has been used a few of times you would probably eject your lunch (looks like a bent nail!). So from that point of view this machine is likely to cause less pain and hence encourage appropriate testing.

As spudgun said if you arent diabetic but fancy a checkup nip down your local pharmacy and see if they do it.

This is a good price for a good meter - i wouldnt say that it is completely unique to morrisons as I know we are running the same offer - and also morrisons doesnt have that many stores with pharmacies But if you fancy a new meter or a change of meter then its worth a go. DONT forget to let your surgery know about your new meter in plenty of time before you run out of the strips/lancets - as with all meters you only get a few in the packet when you first buy it.

Happy testing all!

Noel
#32
eeeermmm that last entry looks like I swore - which i didnt! its a finger p r i c k e r! for those that couldnt figure out what all the ***** were for!
#33
Just read john boys post - i seriously doubt you would get a free cholesterol check at a pharmacy. This is becasue the test strips for this are a lot more expensive - pounds not pennies - plus the machines themselves cost many hundres of pounds (non of which the NhS will pay for). You can get test kits - some of which arent bad but if I were worried about my cholesterol i would probably have a chat withyour GP next time you are in (or pay the price of getting it done in the pharmacy) and they wil do a risk assesment which takes into account other things as well and give you some lifestyle advice about how to manage your cholesterol.

apologies if this is turning into a Q&A column from me - will shut up now!

just to say - love this sight... found it a few weeks ago and now check it on a daily basis - am busy setting up the bargain dell computer i got the other day! Good work to all involved!
#34
bump ;)
#35
spudgun
You really only need blood glucose testing equipment if you are an insulin dependent diabetic or are being considered for insulin by hospital/GP/nurse.
Many diet/ oral medication contrlolled diabetics only need urine monitoring or Hba1c testing and clinic reviews.
I would suggest talking to your diabetic nurse before buying these machines/ strips.
It would be ridiculous to buy this machine if you were not diabetic. If you are concerned about diabetes then go to your local pharmacy or practice nurse for a check.

Thats the info which is very useful...I was wondering if there was any intelligent machine to do both tests..

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