Prescriptions - Scotland

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What is a gluten free prescription?

To help people diagnosed with coeliac disease or dermatitis herpetiformis manage a gluten free diet, NHS Scotland provide access to staple gluten free foods on prescription through the Gluten Free Food Service. This service is available through your local pharmacy.
Availability and access may vary depending on which Health Board area you live in.
Please ask your Pharmacist what the arrangements are in your Health Board.

What products are available?

Gluten free alternatives to everyday staple foods are available through the Gluten-Free Food Service. These include a selection of fresh, long-life and part-baked loaves and rolls, a range of all -purpose flour mixes, breakfast cereals, pasta, pizza bases and crackers.

Gluten Free Loaves

Gluten Free Rolls

Gluten Free Flour Mixes

Gluten Free Breakfast Cereals

Gluten Free Pasta

Gluten Free Crackers

What quantities of gluten free food are available on prescription?

Healthcare professionals measure staple gluten free food in units.

1 unit =

1 (400g) loaf of bread /
1 (5x85g) pack of rolls

OR

1 (250g) pack pasta

OR

1 (200g) pack of crispbread/crackers

1.5 units =

1 (300g - 500g) pack of breakfast cereal

OR

1 (500g) pack of Pure Oats

2 units =

1 (500g) pack of all-purpose mix

OR

1 (500g) pack of pasta

The approximate allowance of gluten free food a person requires for a month has been suggested by healthcare professionals and Coeliac UK.

Age group Recommended
no. of units
Child 1-3 years 10
Child 4-6 years 11
Child 7-10 years 13
Child 11-14 years 15
Child 15-18 years 18
Male 19-59 years 18
Male 60-74 years 16
Male 75+ years 14
Female 19-74 years 14
Female 75+ years 12
3rd trimester pregnancy Add 1 unit
Breastfeeding Add 4 units

Ref: Gluten-Free foods – a revised guide 2012

Do I have to pay for a gluten free prescription?

No. Gluten free prescriptions are provided free of charge in Scotland. You will be invited by your GP or dietitian to register for the Gluten Free Food Service.

What happens when you are registered onto the Gluten Free Food Service?

Your GP or dietitian will ask you to complete a Patient Registration Form.

You will be asked to nominate a local community pharmacy

Tip:

Find your nearest community pharmacy here.

Your GP or dietitian will explain how many units of food you are entitled to each month.

Tip:

Print off and complete this Food Diary to estimate how much gluten free food you use in a typical month

Your GP or dietitian will provide you with a Gluten-free Food List of the foods available from your local Health Board.

Tip:

You will be given an Order Form to complete each month to give to your nominated community pharmacy.

How often do I need to make an order?

Each month you will be required to complete a new order form with your selection for that month.

Tip:

Fresh bread has set delivery days. 

Read more on fresh bread delivery arrangements.

What are the benefits of using the Gluten Free Food Service?

 

  • Control over how you want to manage your gluten free diet
  • Access to a reliable monthly supply of staple gluten free foods
  • Make changes to your order without making an appointment to see a GP
  • Access to an annual health check with a pharmacist
  • Support and advice from your local community pharmacy team

Tip:

Read more about the Gluten Free Food Service at NHS Inform