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The team does not and cannot offer clinical advice. If you have any urgent medical enquiries we urge you to contact your GP, or NHS Direct at www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk or by calling 0845 4647. In an emergency call 999

National Diabetes Prevention Programme

On the 23 May 2019, the national diabetes prevention programme confirmed that HbA1c POCT tests will no longer be undertaken on individuals referred to the service. This change has been implemented for three reasons a) this data was primarily being used for evaluation purposes and the programme now has a sufficiently large dataset to no longer require it and b) in having completed some evaluation/analysis of the data it shows that results are less accurate compared to lab testing c) removing blood testing will simplify the patient journey. The NDPP programme has confirmed that referrals to the service on the basis of a diagnosis of Non-diabetic hyperglycaemia will still be accepted from referring professionals using POCT.

 

The findings of the evaluation on POCT undertaken by DPP will be published in a scientific paper later this year. In the meantime advice in the NHS Health Check Best Practice Guidance still stands. The National CVD prevention team are reviewing the impact and implications as part of the updates to the September NHS Health Check Best Practice Guidance.

Supporting documents include FAQ, a letter to GP practices and  the cessation of point-of-care testing.

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