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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.
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.
Healthcare professionals measure staple gluten free food in units.
1 (400g) loaf of bread /
1 (5x85g) pack of rolls
1 (250g) pack pasta
1 (200g) pack of crispbread/crackers
1 (300g - 500g) pack of breakfast cereal
1 (500g) pack of Pure Oats
1 (500g) pack of all-purpose mix
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.
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
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.
Your GP or dietitian will ask you to complete a Patient Registration Form.
You will be asked to nominate a local community pharmacy
Find your nearest community pharmacy here.
Your GP or dietitian will explain how many units of food you are entitled to each month.
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.
You will be given an Order Form to complete each month to give to your nominated community pharmacy.
Each month you will be required to complete a new order form with your selection for that month.
Fresh bread has set delivery days.
Read more about the Gluten Free Food Service at NHS Inform