Pharmacy led supply schemes
Pharmacy led prescribing schemes are run in some areas and allow you to obtain gluten free products directly from your local pharmacist instead of having to go through your GP. These schemes aim to free up GP time and provide easier access to gluten free staples on prescription.
If you use one of these schemes, it's still important to speak to your GP if your symptoms reappear or change, or if you have any concerns. They can then refer you to a dietitian if necessary.
Coeliac UK is working with pharmacy organisations to look at the benefits of these schemes and encourage other areas of the country to take them up.
Scottish Gluten Free Food Service
The Scottish Government has developed and launched a Gluten Free Food Service for adults and children across Scotland. This is a national NHS service available through local pharmacies.
To be eligible to use the new Scottish Gluten Free Food Service, you must:
- have a clinically confirmed diagnosis of coeliac disease or dermatitis herpetiformis
- live in Scotland
- be registered with a GP practice.
Those who live in care homes will not be able to use the service, but can continue to access gluten free prescriptions via their GP.
This service allows you to:
- order and receive gluten free food without routinely involving your GP
- have more control over the amount and type of gluten free staple foods ordered each month (up to an agreed amount in line with the National Prescribing Guidelines).
The benefits of this service are:
- the convenience of not having to visit your GP for each prescription
- more control and dietary variety from the freedom to change your prescription requests each month
- reassurance from your individual gluten free food unit allocation
- an annual health check at your community pharmacy to help monitor and signpost you to the correct healthcare professional if required. This is only available to adults with coeliac disease or DH.
Those who are eligible to be included within the Scottish Gluten Free Food Service would have been informed by their GP about the service and the amount of gluten free units allocated to them.
You will need to complete a registration form and return it to a community pharmacy of your choice. The pharmacist will then register you to use this service at the community pharmacy and provide more information about the service processes.
For more information visit NHS Inform.