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CCG diabetes scheme wins award


28 January 2014

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Pharmacies in Bedfordshire are working with the clinical commissioning group (CCG) to introduce more cost effective diabetes meters as part of an award-winning scheme. 
Patients who switch to more reliable meters and their associated test strips are invited to local pharmacies for consultations and demonstrations. 
The CCG hopes this will enable patients to make more informed choices about their diabetes care. 
Late last year the programme won the NHS PrescQIPP Innovation award for Long Term Conditions.

Pharmacies in Bedfordshire are working with the clinical commissioning group (CCG) to introduce more cost effective diabetes meters as part of an award-winning scheme. 
Patients who switch to more reliable meters and their associated test strips are invited to local pharmacies for consultations and demonstrations. 
The CCG hopes this will enable patients to make more informed choices about their diabetes care. 
Late last year the programme won the NHS PrescQIPP Innovation award for Long Term Conditions.
Community pharmacies were invited to provide this enhanced service to improve service for patients through the pharmacies’ flexibility and extended opening hours.
Belinda Ekuban, pharmaceutical lead for the Bedfordshire CCG NHS Chiltern Vale locality, said: “We are delighted with this recognition. We have successfully brought community pharmacies into primary care by harnessing and expanding on their particular skills and relationship with local patients. 
"This is a programme which will benefit all diabetes patients, save time and money. It’s a model that is readily transferable to other services as well.”

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