The change over to the Freestyle Libre 2® Flash Glucose Monitoring system is taking place in Northern Ireland, starting from February 2021.
People living with diabetes, including children, who are currently prescribed the Freestyle Libre 1® system, will move to the new Libre 2® sensors prescription. The Freestyle Libre 2® was added to the Northern Ireland Drug Tariff on 1 November 2020.
Over the next few weeks, if you are already using the Freestyle Libre system, your GP practice will change your prescription from Freestyle Libre 1 sensors to Freestyle Libre 2 sensors. We are unable to tell you exactly when this will be.
Please be patient, as everyone who is being prescribed Libre 1 is eligible for Libre 2, and will be contacted by their GP practice.
Please wait for your GP to contact you, as practices are dealing with a high volume of calls during the pandemic.
The FreeStyle Libre 2 system is very similar to FreeStyle Libre 1 system, but:
(Finger pricks are however required if glucose readings and alarms do not match symptoms or expectations.)
The FreeStyle Libre 2 sensor can be scanned with either the FreeStyle LibreLink app OR with a FreeStyle Libre 2 reader.
You can choose which device you want to receive alarms:
If you routinely use your mobile phone to scan your Freestyle Libre 1 sensor, you can continue to do this when you start to use the Freestyle Libre 2 sensors. The app will automatically update to the latest version (2.5) to enable additional functionality of the FreeStyle Libre 2 system.
If you currently use a reader to scan your Freestyle Libre sensor you will NOT be able to use this reader to scan the NEW Freestyle Libre 2 sensors. We recommend that you order a new Freestyle Libre 2 reader direct from the manufacturer (Abbott) as soon as possible (even before you receive your new prescription for Freestyle Libre 2 sensors)
Go on line and order a free upgraded reader from Abbott www.freestylelibre.co.uk/replacement OR
Call customer service on: 0800 170 1177 (Mon-Fri: 8am – 8pm, Sat: 9am – 5pm excl. bank holidays)
You will need to provide the serial number of your current FreeStyle Libre reader; however, you will not be required to return this to Abbott.
Please note: You can only use the Freestyle Libre 2 reader to scan the Freestyle Libre 2 sensors.
You can only use the Freestyle Libre 1 reader to scan the Freestyle Libre 1 sensors
Information about driving and diabetes can be found at: www.gov.uk/diabetes-driving
Support is available on the Freestyle Academy https://progress.freestylediabetes.co.uk/.
Further information is available from the manufacturer website at: www.FreeStyleDiabetes.co.uk.