Blood Glucose Monitoring



Please Note:
You can have a Blood Glucose Test at any Sedem Pharmacy.

Simply call in and a trained member of staff can advise you.

In order to obtain an accurate reading, you will need to comply with certain requirements in relation to your food intake and medication (see below for details).

Alternatively you can contact us by email and a member of our Customer Care team will contact your to arrange an appointment.

Why do I need to have a Blood Glucose Test

Diabetes affects 2-5% of the population (10% Type 1 and 90% Type 2). Many of those suffering from diabetes will be asymptomatic (have no symptoms). A blood sugar test could highlight early signs of diabetes.

\If your test highlights that your blood glucose reading is higher than normal, your GP can be informed and a decision can be made as to what action needs to be taken.

Where can I have a Blood Glucose Test

You can have a Blood Glucose Test at any Sedem Pharmacy. Simply call in and a trained member of staff can advise you. In order to obtain an accurate reading, you will need to comply with certain requirements in relation to your food intake and medication (see below for details). Alternatively you can complete the contact form below and a member of our Customer Care team will contact your to arrange an appointment.

Before your blood sugar test

You will need to fast as your blood sugar level fluctuates with the amount of food you eat. If your body is unable to use the sugar in the blood properly your blood sugar level will be quite high even when you have not eaten for a few hours.

You should have your normal dinner or tea in the evening and then don’t eat anything for at least 8 hours before you test the next morning. You will not be able to eat anything before your test as it may result in an inaccurate reading if you have eaten some food during the fasting time, including chewing gum/ mints. Only water is permitted. Please do not drink any tea, coffee or alcohol.

Have your normal meals and maintain your normal physical activities for at least 3 days before the fast.

If you are currently taking tablets, take your tablets as usual. Make sure you tell the pharmacist about your medication before the test. If you are taking some liquid medicines continue to do so. Take them at the normal time on the day before the test. Some syrup medicines contain a high quantity of sugar and your pharmacist may advise you to withhold the morning dose until after the test.

In this case, you should bring them with you so that you can take them at the pharmacy immediately after the test.

You must not smoke during the fasting time as it may result in an erratic reading.

How the test will be carried out

Your finger will be pricked with an automatic device and a drop of blood will be produced. The drop will be touched onto a strip and the results will be available in 5 seconds. It’s that simple.

When will I get the results of my Blood Glucose Test?

You will be given the results straight away. If you Blood Glucose reading is higher than normal you may be given advice in relation to your health style. If there is any cause for concern in relation to your Blood Glucose reading then you will be referred to your GP.