I dont expect this to make hot, but it may help someone.
Freestyle Freedom & Freestyle Lite blood glucose monitors were in store in Hereford by the Pharmacy knocked down to £4 each. Dont know how widely they are available, but worth checking your local Asda.
These machines generally come with 10 strips and seeing as the strips alone are around £25 for 50 its cheaper to buy 5 machines with 10 strips each and have a few spare machines than to buy the refills... These are great little machines as the blood required is absolutely miniscule and the lancet doesn't hurt anything like the Accucheck in my experience.
Worth getting one if you are worried - I didn't think I was diabetic until I tested. My symptoms were feeling letharic and sleepy about an hour after a meal, worth getting one to keep an eye on levels if you are at risk. They seemed to have a Diabetes information DVD with them as well.