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'I know that many here have concerns about patients
going on-pump without adequate medical supervision'

Dear Pat

I have just started pump therapy and can assure you
that the back up provided by the company has been
There are no trained medical professionals at my local
clinic so although I can get advise regarding diabetes
from the clinic they can't provide advise regarding
the pump.
I had a day and a half training session which was very
good. Since the training I have been phoned by the
company twice a day to discuss my BMs, food intake,
activity and adjust my basals if necessary.
Additionaly I know that there is someone at the end of
a phone 24 hours a day if I run into any problems.
I wouldn't hesitate recommending the same approach if
you can't get an appointment any sooner with your
I actually contacted the company myself and they then
arranged a suitable date for training with my clinic.
Does your consultant really have to be involved? In my
experience it is more useful if the diabetes
specialist nurses are involved.
I can understand how frustrated you must be feeing. I
had to wait 2 months for my pump and I found that wait
hard enough.The first few days on the pump were hard
going but things are starting to get easier now and I
can already see an improvement in my BMs.
Good luck Pat, keep on fighting.


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