People with diabetes who need blood testing supplies will be able to collect them, free of charge, from their chosen pharmacy from next month.

The service will start on 20 November and replace the current scheme, which is heavily subsidised by the government and requires people with diabetes to pay for their supplies and collect them from Overdale Hospital.

There will also be funding for glucose monitoring systems for both children and adults. The system monitors peoples glucose levels with a sensor and reader, rather than by a sample of blood from pricking the finger.

While the move as been welcomed by the charity Diabetes Jersey, the chairman says more needs to be done.

  • WATCH: Bill O'Brien, Diabetes Jersey's Chairman, says the supply of free blood testing equipment has changed people's lives.

There is still much work to be done to bring the Jersey Diabetes Service into the 21 st century and, through its participation in the formulation of an Island-wide diabetes strategy, the charity will push for many changes.

Bill O'Brien, Diabetes Jersey chairman