Diabetes Test Strips

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The prevalence of diabetes in mental health is much higher than that of the general population. 20% of people who suffer from schizophrenia are said to have diabetes, whereas only around 5.5% of the general population have the disease.

Therefore, it is recommended that hospital inpatients are tested for diabetes on admission, and routinely for long-stay patients. This is because there are many drugs that could make someone put on weight and increase their risk of getting diabetes and routinely testing will ensure that it is caught early and long-term damage can be minimised.

Diabetes test strips play a very important role in helping diabetes sufferers to monitor and control their diabetes. The strips have a chemical called glucose oxidase on them, and this reacts with blood-producing gluconic acid from glucose in the blood.

At the other end of the strip, a current is produced by the meter and sent down the strip and is measured by electronic terminals found all the way along the strip. The amount of gluconic acid present affects the current and the Blood Glucose Meter then uses an algorithm to work out the blood glucose level based on the difference in current.

View the wide range of Code Free, Accu-Chek and BGStar test strips and blood glucose meters from Ashtons.


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Blood glucose machine

BGStar blood glucose machine (AHP2563) – BGStar’s® blood glucose machine, for use with BGS Test Strips, measures the glucose level in the blood extremely accurately and is simple to use. The machine has is easily portable with a compact design and features a backlit display so there will be no struggle in seeing the reading. The process of testing your blood takes around 6 seconds with this machine, and the beep will let you know when it is complete.


Accu-Chek Aviva




Blood glucose meter

Accu-Chek Aviva blood glucose meter (3171261) – The Accu-Chek Aviva blood glucose meter has a user friendly design with an easy to read display. Only a tiny amount of blood is needed to get a result and is quicker and easier than ever before. There is also a handy feature which allows the user to set up automatic reminders for different times throughout the day.





Start pack

CodeFree start pack: Monitor +50 strips (AHP2727) – The CodeFree blood glucose starter pack will give you an accurate results regarding your blood glucose level. The pack also includes a self-test diary so you can easily record your results and see trends in the glucose level.


Test strips

BGStar test strips (3682192) – The BGStar blood glucose test strips are for use with the BGStar and iBGStar blood glucose meter. They only require a small blood sample and are easy to use.








Test strips

Accu-Chek Aviva test strips (3171253) – Accu-Chek Avivia blood glucose test strips combine with the Accu-Chek Aviva blood glucose machine to give quickly and hassle free results. They are easily portable so won’t be caught out if you are out and the test only takes 5 second.





Test strips

CodeFree test strips (AHP2728) – These CodeFree blood glucose test strips are solely for use with the CodeFree blood glucose monitor. You will receive full instructions on how to use them.


Control solution

BGStar control solution (AHP2726) – BGStar control solution is used with the BGStar test trips and ensure they are working properly and giving accurate results.








Control solution

Accu-Chek Aviva control solution (3171246) – Accu-Chek Aviva glucose control solution is used with the Accu-Chek Aviva test trips and ensure they are working properly and giving accurate results.





Control solution

CodeFree control solution (AHP2729) – The CodeFree control solution should only be used with the CodeFree Blood glucose meter. The control solution check test ensures that the test results are accurately and that your meter is working properly.


Further information

To view our full range of products click here: www.ashtonshospitalpharmacy.com/diabetes-products.

Diabetes products are also listed in our Medical Supplies Catalogue under ‘Diabetes’ on page 2.

If you are not currently an Ashtons client, but are interested in our range of medical supplies or setting up an account to order online, please call us on 0845 222 3550 or click here for further information on Ashtons and how to contact us.




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