FreeStyle Optium Neo blood glucose meter - FREE @ abbottdiabetescare.co.uk
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FreeStyle Optium Neo blood glucose meter - FREE @ abbottdiabetescare.co.uk

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Found 11th Mar 2014
I just received my new Freestyle blood glucose meter in the post today. Brand new to market from Abbott Diabetes Care. I must say it looks cracking! It uses an e-reader screen so is way better than my old one. It is also really slim and fits in my pocket easily.

Terms and conditions state that it is free only for people who use insulin (I test multiple times a day and their site accepted my application). No details on how long this offer is on for or how many they have available mind so better get your order in fast!

Here's the blurb from the site:

- Highlights when your blood glucose patterns need attention
- Log Insulin Doses
- Lets you log insulin doses you have taken
- Quick, accurate blood glucose testing
- Clear, sharp screen
† Free for insulin users only

Meter Benefits:
- Reads like paper with no glare, even in bright sunlight
- Large, high contrast, press screen, display designed to be easy to use, easy to see
- Icon driven display
- Weighs 33-37g including batteries

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Does the freebie come with test strips?

I hope only genuine people who need these apply for these meters.

"Does the freebie come with test strips?"

You get 25 Freestyle Optium Test Strips in the box with the meter. Thereafter you need to get them for yourself (on prescription possibly?). You can also test for ketones with this meter but you need to get the Optium Ketone test strips yourself (prescription?).

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Here's what came in the box:

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Every company that makes these gives them out free but then charge an extortionate amount for the strips. The burden of cost they place on the NHS is criminal.

As an aside if you have not been told you need one of these by a GP or other doctor then you dont need one.....

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The burden of dealing with long term complications arising from people who don't test on a regular basis is even more of a burden on the NHS. It's this short term thinking about NHS cost saving that will cripple it more in the long run.

With peoples' health at stake, do you really want to use a cheap, potentially unreliable meter and test strip? Personally, I want the reassurance of using a reputable big brand such as Freestyle when i'm at risk of having a hypo.

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Been using this for a few days now and can honestly say it is far superior to my old meter!

thanks, my wife will be happy as her current meter is not accurate

My 18mnth old little girl has just been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Hospital gave us 2 accutest machines for blood glucose and an abbott freestyle optimum for ketones. In their opinion the accutest was more accurate for blood glucose. I read today that abbott have developed a way of measuring without finger **** which would be fantastic if they can get it licenced and accepted on NHS. That coupled with insulin pump would make her life a whole lot easier, and ours of course.

My hubby has a meter but it's on it's last legs so this will be great. Thank you OP X)

Edmundo07

My 18mnth old little girl has just been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. … My 18mnth old little girl has just been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Hospital gave us 2 accutest machines for blood glucose and an abbott freestyle optimum for ketones. In their opinion the accutest was more accurate for blood glucose. I read today that abbott have developed a way of measuring without finger **** which would be fantastic if they can get it licenced and accepted on NHS. That coupled with insulin pump would make her life a whole lot easier, and ours of course.



Edmundo, With the Abbott Freestyle Lite you can test blood sugar on places other than the finger tips. There are a few other meters that let you do that but I can't remember which ones they are just now. Finger tips are more accurate, especially an hour or so after lunch and when BG is dropping quickly, but alternative site testing is approved. Your diabetes health expert will be able to advise you.

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Edmundo07

My 18mnth old little girl has just been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. … My 18mnth old little girl has just been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Hospital gave us 2 accutest machines for blood glucose and an abbott freestyle optimum for ketones. In their opinion the accutest was more accurate for blood glucose. I read today that abbott have developed a way of measuring without finger **** which would be fantastic if they can get it licenced and accepted on NHS. That coupled with insulin pump would make her life a whole lot easier, and ours of course.



Yes, I saw that in the Daily Express yesterday too. Sounds amazing so can't wait to find out more. From the research done, i'm led to believe that Accucheck and Freestyle are the best on the market, but I don't understand why you need two different meters. This new one from Freestyle does both blood glucose and ketones.

themintyman

Yes, I saw that in the Daily Express yesterday too. Sounds amazing so … Yes, I saw that in the Daily Express yesterday too. Sounds amazing so can't wait to find out more. From the research done, i'm led to believe that Accucheck and Freestyle are the best on the market, but I don't understand why you need two different meters. This new one from Freestyle does both blood glucose and ketones.



Yeh, thats what we were wondering, but our diabetes nurses believe the abbott to be less accurate for Blood gluscose than accucheck. Could be cost though, as I believe the purple keatone strips are very expensive for packs of 10 so maybe their blue gluscose strips are expensive too. Dont know.

Got it too, but can't seem to find Windows software for it and the Freestyle Auto-Assist 2.0 does not recognize the meter when connected. I've installed app and USB drivers but still no luck. When tried to download software from ADC site, I was present with the 403 error message... Anybody has it working with the PC?

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marlasr

Got it too, but can't seem to find Windows software for it and the … Got it too, but can't seem to find Windows software for it and the Freestyle Auto-Assist 2.0 does not recognize the meter when connected. I've installed app and USB drivers but still no luck. When tried to download software from ADC site, I was present with the 403 error message... Anybody has it working with the PC?



I had a software issue but a call to their customer service number got it working. Have you tried calling them?

Have many people received theirs yet? Ordered a month ago..
Edited by: "BORIS397" 20th Apr 2014

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BORIS397

Have many people received theirs yet? Ordered a month ago..



Their T&C's state delivery can take up to 60 days so I guess there has been a lot of demand. Must say something about the desirability of the meter though!

Edmundo07

Yeh, thats what we were wondering, but our diabetes nurses believe the … Yeh, thats what we were wondering, but our diabetes nurses believe the abbott to be less accurate for Blood gluscose than accucheck. Could be cost though, as I believe the purple keatone strips are very expensive for packs of 10 so maybe their blue gluscose strips are expensive too. Dont know.


I read your thoughts on these devices with interest and felt the need to add my bit. I was only recently diagnosed type 1 after a horrible ketoacidosis episode. Prior to this I was told I was type two. I fought tooth and nail for a glucose tester when type 2 and they gave me the accu test system it worked well. But when I came out of hospital they gave me a freestyle optium it looked great was easy to use. They told me to throw the old one away as it was rubbish. Then three months later my diabetes clinic meeting came up and they handed me another new machine the accu test expert. The nurse cut short a comment about there being a problem with it. Alongside this I had questioned my recent blood tests as it made no sense if I were to believe the results I was getting on the freestyle. Anyway the new accu test expert is much better. And when tested alongside the freestyle it gave me a reading quite different! I had tried my original machine as well and it matched my new one. Turns out the freestyle was giving me dodgy readings. This had a knock on effect in that based on the freestyle readings my doctor told me to stop driving and notify the dvla. I did so and they told me to surrender my licence. Oh I should mention my job is as a driver for a large supermarket. My insurance company cancelled my policy and I can no longer drive anything over 3.5ton. The long and short being if I had an accurate meter i wouldn't be jobless and fighting for my licence that I didn't need to surrender.. test your machines regularly and let this be a reminder of what could happen. I'm not saying that there's a problem with the freestyle optium neo but it's worth bearing in mind that the manufacturers of this device recalled two lots of other machines last year that were giving false low readings...
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