I was wondering if anyone else hereabouts uses a One Touch Ultra meter. I lost mine last week & have over 200 strips I can no longer use. My lovely DSN provided me with a shiny new Contour Link, which necessitated a trip to see the nice pharmacist to secure an emergency supply of the new strips. When I asked him if I could return the old strips, he told me that they would just bin them. Seems like an awful waste considering they are still sealed in their box & cost the dear old NHS at least £20 a pop…
So free to a good, or at least usable, home 200+ strips. I will cover the post within the UK.
Arrrgh! The Contour Link is the worst meter in the world! (In my humble opinion!) Rather than being a meter it seems to be a random number generator. I’ve tested and got a result of 28, tested again one minute later and got 6.5 – the most inaccurate meter I’ve ever used.
I rock a pink One Touch. But I live in Ireland, so maybe there’ll be someone in the UK which would be better. Also, I think One Touch will send you a free meter if you ring them, they did for me (from England) so that I have an extra one for my car.
Actually, if you do a lot of tests (sounds like you do) then practically any meter company will send you a free meter.
At the moment I have the Bayer contour USB, the Accuchek mobile and an Accu-chek aviva.
The accu-chek aviva has been reliable and gives good results quickly. It has a clear face and can be seen in sunlight. But not the dark.
The Accu-chek mobile is a meter and lancet device in one – the strips are put in a drum inside the meter, so all you have to do is pick up one device. It is bulky and ugly and heavy and I stopped using it. However the lancet device I removed and use it as it is the best finger pricker I’ve ever had, quite gentle.
The Bayer Contour is a disaster. I thought it was brill at first… but when I took it out I realised it is unreadable in even moderate light. It’s awkward to use – long and thin and the test strip goes in one end – but then you have to turn it upside down to read the reading. It does light up at night – but I only do one est in the actual night which requires putting the bedside lamp on… having a meter readable by day outside is much more needed by me.