Mother’s anger over diabetes treatment

An angry mother is calling for more awareness about Type 1 diabetes in babies and children after claiming her daughter was almost denied a ‘life-saving’ prescription.

Danielle Harrigan’s four-year-old daughter Madison was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was just 14 months old.

Type 1 diabetes, a life-long condition, causes a person’s blood glucose levels to become too high (hyperglycaemia) or too low (hypoglycaemia), and occurs because the body is unable to produce insulin.

Left untreated both hyperglycaemia and hypoglycaemia are potentially life-threatening, and people with diabetes, like Madison, need to have their blood glucose levels regularly tested with test strips.

Danielle, 26, says that on Wednesday (September 5) a repeat prescription for her daughter’s test strips was denied.

She said: “Madison gets great treatment from specialists at the Kipling Ward but I get her prescriptions through Harold Road Surgery. I went to collect her repeat prescription from the pharmacy last week to be told I couldn’t have it.

“I then went to the surgery and it took me two and a half hours to get the strips I need to make sure my daughter stays alive. I felt so frustrated and angry and I refused to leave the surgery until I got them. They told me that I test my daughter too much and I had to explain why I needed them. My daughter’s mood sometimes doesn’t change when she’s got high or low blood sugar. She can be playing and the next minute she collapses, so I need to test her when I think she needs testing.”

Dr Greg Wilcox, senior partner at Harold Road Surgery, said: “We are aware of this case but do not comment on individual cases.

“We are taking this matter very seriously and we take our patients’ safety and repeat prescriptions very seriously.”

For more information about Type 1 diabetes and how to spot the symptoms in children and babies, please visit www.diabetes.co.uk/children-and-diabetes.html.