Nearly 900 patients with type 1 diabetes in England are testing a potentially life-changing artificial pancreas.
It can eliminate the need for finger prick tests and prevent life-threatening hypoglycaemic attacks, where blood sugar levels fall too low.
The technology uses a sensor under the skin. It continually monitors the levels, and a pump automatically adjusts the amount of insulin required.
Six-year-old Charlotte, from Lancashire, is one of more than 200 children using the hybrid closed loop system.
Her mother, Ange Abbott, told us it has made a massive impact on the whole family.
"Prior to having the loop, everything was manual," she said. "At night we'd have to set the alarm every two hours to do finger pricks and corrections of insulin in order to deal with the ups and downs of Charlotte's blood sugars."
Prof Partha Kar, NHS national speciality adviser for diabetes, said: "Having machines monitor and deliver medication for diabetes patients sounds quite sci-fi like, but technology and machines are part and parcel of how we live our lives every day.
"It is not very far away from the holy grail of a fully automated system, where people with type 1 diabetes can get on with their lives without worrying about glucose levels or medication."
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Source: BBC News, 1 April 2022
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