Thanks to you all for your advice. I do get testing sticks from my GP, but the problem is that I have an insulin pump, and test my blood sugars very frequently. Sometimes, although I am prescribed 100 sticks per month, i.e. two boxes, I need extra. Well, I couldn't expect my GP to okay more than I receive at the moment, so if I do need additional sticks I'll buy at my pharmacy! Hopefully in the future, I'll not even need to test as much as I do now. It will be great I know!!
I use 7 a day. Didn't even have to actually see my GP, told receptionist, we did some quick 'sums' and 300 were prescribed.
You shouldn't have to buy your own sticks
I use 400 sticks a month and simply pick these up every fortnight from my local pharmacy.