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Mobile phone app and tech helps Ealing children with diabetes monitoring

Ealing Hospital, part of London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust, has partnered with the charity Children with Diabetes to provide free mobile phones to families impacted by the cost of living to help manage their children’s condition. 

Through an app which is connected to the phone, children and their parents can monitor glucose levels as well as count carbohydrates to help them mange their daily lives,

Currently, children with type one diabetes have to inject four to five times a day and check their blood glucose levels by finger pricking at least six times a day.

Gillian Adams, a paediatric diabetes nurse specialist said: “We’ve seen huge beneficial changes in how people can both monitor blood sugar levels and self-administer insulin in recent years. Apps like this make it quick and convenient which is just what you want with a young person with other things on their mind.”

Nurse Adams added: “We have more than 100 children on our books ranging from five months to 19 years-old but we do have families among them who can’t afford a phone allowing them to access this technology.”

The special phone app connects via Bluetooth to special small patch that is applied to the patient where a small cannula inserts just under the skin which it then automatically monitors blood sugar levels of the child and lets them know if their glucose level is going up or down. For the parents they salso get an app which allows them to monitor their children’s use of the device.

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