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Insulin pumps help you to keep your diabetes under control
Insulin pumps can help you fit diabetes around your life and minimise the risk of long term complications. You may be considering moving to insulin pump therapy because you have heard about the recent developments in hybrid closed loop systems otherwise known as the artificial pancreas. The insulin pump automatically adjusts insulin delivery according to information it receives from a continuous glucose sensor which the patient wears continuously – reacting to prevent hypoglycaemia and to limit glucose rises. The London Diabetes Centre offers the latest cutting-edge insulin pumps from Medtronic, Omnipod, Tandem, Ypsomed, Accuchek, Dana and Medtrum alongside a tailored training programme and the support you need to get your diabetes under control.
What is an insulin pump?
An insulin pump is a battery operated device that delivers small amounts of insulin into the bloodstream twenty-four hours a day, avoiding the problems of the duration of action of insulin injected into the skin. The insulin dose can be modified to match your body’s needs, offering more flexibility around meals, fewer hypos and more stable blood glucose levels.
The insulin pump is attached to the body by a tiny tube, called a cannula. It is inserted just under the skin and needs to be changed every 2-3 days. The insulin pump uses only quick acting soluble insulin and delivers a steady background or basal level of insulin, you will need to deliver additional insulin for meals using the insulin pump.
Why should you choose London Diabetes Centre to provide your insulin pump?
The right insulin pump can allow you to take control of your diabetes and live life to the full. It may be particularly suitable for children. NHS restrictions mean that many people in the UK are unable to get a pump, or may be offered a device that doesn’t best meet their needs. The London Diabetes Centre provides expert assessment, a wide-range of the most up-to-date insulin pumps and the education needed to ensure you can use the pump properly.
Finding the right insulin pump
An insulin pump from The London Diabetes Centre can revolutionise your life. The expert diabetes team of consultant diabetologists, dietitians, and diabetes specialist nurses will work closely with you to provide nutritional advice, teach you how to count the carbs in your diet and train you to use the pump safely.
What types of insulin pump are available?
Pumps vary in colour, battery life, screen size, features and type:
Tubing insulin pumps are attached to your body by thin tubing that carries the insulin from the pump to the cannula inserted under the skin. The pump is carried in a body pouch, belt, clipped onto clothing or placed in a pocket. The London Diabetes Centre offers high-tech pumps which feature remote controls or smartphone apps. The cannula and the location of the pump should be changed every two to three days to prevent itching, rashes and skin changes and ensure effective insulin delivery.
Patch insulin pumps attach directly to the skin with the canula concealed under the device, the pod or pump contains a reservoir of insulin, They’re operated by remote control. The whole pod/patch has to be changed every 2-3 days. The only one available is the Omnipod and the hybrid closed loop Omnipod 5 is expected here later this year.
Customised diabetes care and training from our expert diabetes team who will help you choose the pump that best meets your needs and lifestyle.
Pumps can be used by adults and children. They are especially useful if you give multiple daily doses of insulin and still struggle to control your highs and lows. It’s important that you understand how to count the carbs in your diet and adjust your insulin around eating and activity. However, the clinics experienced dieticians and diabetes specialist nurses will guide and support you every step of the way.
The clinic offers a tailor-made pump training programme. Everyone has different technical strengths, dexterity and knowledge. The team will ensure you receive the training time you require and will adapt the number of appointments to fit in with your schedule and your level of understanding.
Our pumps & systems
The Accu-Chek Solo insulin micropump system offers a sleek and convenient design that frees you from conventional insulin pump tubing. The small micropump is placed directly on the body for comfort and functionality.
Firstly I would like to thank you and your team for the warm welcome, it was unlike any other experience I have had regarding my diabetes and overall incredibly positive.
Meeting Professor Choudhary was a real eye opener and I thank you again for making the recommendation.
I have gained invaluable knowledge, my confidence is boosted and in turn my blood sugars are already in better balance. My gratitude to the whole team.
- Patient with Type 1 diabetes
Are you interested in accessing insulin pumps for yourself, upgrading your current pump or assess whether one may fit your current care plan?
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