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[IPk] My first enquiry

My next appt with the diabetic specialist nurse is in August. I rang her 
today to tell her that I wanted to talk about switching to a pump at our 
appointment, and to ask if there was anything I should do in advance. Just 
testing the water, if you know what I mean.

I got a very full answer, but definitely not the one I wanted.

They have lots of pumpers at that hospital. They are happy to support 
pumpers as far as they can. BUT all the current pumpers have paid for their 
own pumps AND are paying for their own consumables.

I said that I had expected to pay for my own pump, but that I was going to 
try and get funding for consumables. I was told that the only circumstances 
in which funding is given for pump consumables in my area is where the 
patient has very bad control - very high hba1cs, and hospital admissions on 
a roughly monthly basis. She admitted that they know that pumps improve 
your control, but the health authority will only fund you if you really 
need this because you are ill. If you already have good control, and just 
want to improve even further or have a better quality of life, that is 
viewed as your own choice and nothing that they need to help you with.

Has anyone met this sort of response before? Is it one that can be 
combatted - is it still worth me writing to the health authority re: 
consumables once I have a pump?

also - I am working on the assumption that the pump costs about 1,000 
pounds, will last for about 3 years, and that I will use about 1,000 pounds 
worth of consumables per year. Is this accurate?

Lastly - is insulin itself included in consumables? Or do I get that on 
prescription even though I'm using a pump?

Sorry about the question overload - this is the first real step I've taken 
to getting a pump so I'm rather on edge :)


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