Start Libre - Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
This page is for people who attend Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh diabetes clinics* who are seeking NHS-funded Freestyle Libre use. Please follow the four steps outlined below:
*or Roodlands / Leith
If you actually attend St John's or Western General Diabetes clinics you are welcome to attend one of our sessions but your clinic will be in touch soon with details of their own education programmes.
PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT YOUR GP OR THE DIABETES CLINIC FOR ENQURIES RELATED TO THE FREESTYLE LIBRE - PLEASE FOLLOW THIS PROCESS:
1. Am I eligible for NHS Lothian funded Libre?
Specifically, are you on multiple daily injections of insulin (typically 4 or 5 injections per day*) or an insulin pump? If the answer is yes, you are highly likely to be eligible for funded Libre use. The full Scottish Diabetes Group eligibility document can be viewed by clicking here. IF YOU ARE ON TWICE DAILY INSULINS (E.G. HUMALOG MIX 25, HUMULIN M3 & NOVOMIX 30) YOU ARE NOT CURRENTLY ELIGIBLE. If you would like to consider changing to multiple daily injections of insulin, this can be discussed at your next clinic appointment.
* Background insulin - Lantus, Levemir or Tresiba; Quick-acting insulin - Novorapid, Humalog, Fiasp or Apidra
2. Book an education session
Education sessions will be delivered by members of the RIE diabetes team and will take place in the large lecture theatre in the Chancellor's Building (This is in the medical school on the Royal Infirmary campus - click here for specific directions).
We are striving to deliver Libre education to as many people as possible - as soon as possible. Unfortunately we do not have the administrative resources to permit telephone booking and would ask everyone to use Eventbrite to secure their place. Telephone or email enquiries would potentially overwhelm our clinical and administrative staff, as we endeavour to get as many eligible patients on to Libre as soon as possible.
Click on a date below to be taken to the booking page:
We will add further dates in the next few days - please check back.
3. Resources to look at before the education event
You are likely to get much more out of the Libre talk if you have reviewed some background information:
A. BASIC LIBRE INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS FROM THE FREESTYLE LIBRE WEBSITE:
Click on the image below to view instructional videos from the manufacturers website - viewing these videos is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for people who have never used / applied a Libre sensor before:
B. RESOURCES ON THE EDINBURGH DIABETES WEBSITE
The following resources from our website are useful tools for improving control in type 1 diabetes and we would HIGHLY RECOMMEND you review the '10 steps guide' and 'Flash Glucose Monitoring Guide' in advance of the education session (NB: there is a separate version of the 10 steps guide for pump users click here):
C. LIBRE ACADEMY
This is a series of interactive tutorials provided free of charge by Abbott (the manufacturer of Libre). This is highly recommended and can be accessed by clicking the image below (sign up required):
4. Download the Librelink App on your iPhone* or Android phone
Before coming to the education event please download the LibreLink App on your phone (click the image below to be taken to Abbott's website for further information) and create an account. If you don't have an android phone or iPhone 7 or above, please still sign up to LibreView as you can use this with the provided Libre Reader.
IMPORTANT: The account you create on Librelink is also how you log in to Libreview (the webpage to review your glucose results). Please go to www.libreview.com and add the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh as your practice - our clinic code is: royalinf
*iPhone 7 and above only (must have most recent iOS update installed)