My Diabetes My Way: July 2017 Update

Welcome to the My Diabetes My Way Newsletter for July 2017.

Travel Advice

This month we are getting ready for the holiday season and helping all go to plan for your journey. Prior to travelling :​

  • If travelling overseas you may require a holiday letter from your Diabetes Team or GP explaining your diabetes treatment and equipment
  • Always pack double the medication you require
  • If Blood Glucose Monitoring carry one meter with you at all times and a spare meter in your luggage just in case
  • Consider what hypo treatment you wish to carry if you are on treatment that may cause hypoglycaemia
  • Have a separate bag for your medication for easy access going through security
  • Remember Insulin and non-insulin injectable therapies should be carried in hand luggage
  • Apply for the free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if you are travelling to a European Union member country: www.ehic.org.uk
  • If on insulin therapy you may wish to discuss your holiday plans with your healthcare professional prior to your departure for individualised advice.

The Civil Aviation Authority states: "It is essential that diabetic passengers carry adequate equipment (glucose meters, lancets, batteries) and medication in their hand baggage. It is also important that insulin not being used in the flight is not packed in the hold baggage as this may be exposed to temperatures, which could degrade the insulin. In addition, there is also the potential that luggage may be lost en route."www.caa.co.uk

For additional information on storage and time zones follow links below:

friouk.com
www.diabetestravel.org
trend-uk.org

Diabetic Retinopathy Screening (DRS)

As we have explained in previous newsletters, the DRS eye screening service is in the process of being updated to a new system. Disruption to the DRS service is still occurring and eye-screening results are being delayed from being sent to My Diabetes My Way.These results will be imported in due course and your eye records will be updated correctly when this happens. In the meantime, we ask for your patience until this process has been completed.

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Thank you for your continued support.​

The mydiabetes*myway team

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