Gluten free food on prescription in England

I live in England

In England, accessibility and the types of gluten free foods available varies and will depend on where you live as local CCG policies differ.

A selection of gluten free loaves and rolls, and flour mixes are approved for prescribing. These are gluten free alternatives to everyday staple foods which are essential to a healthy balanced diet.

In 2018, a consultation by the Department of Health resulted in the decision to only retain access to gluten free breads and flour mixes on prescription in England and to remove access to other foods like gluten free pasta and breakfast cereals. 

In addition to this some Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have withdrawn access to gluten free foods on prescription.

Gluten free food on prescription in England

FLOUR MIXES

All-purpose flour substitutes and part baked in white and fibre – for all your baking needs

BREAD RANGE

Available in white and fibre and part baked

A monthly allowance of gluten free foods has been suggested by Coeliac UK and healthcare professionals. This is measured in units and differs on age, gender and where you live.

AGE GROUP Number of units
Child under 10 years 8
Child 11 - 18 years 12
Female 19 years and older 8
Male 19 years and old 12

Ref: Gluten-Free foods – a revised guide 2019

You can make up your monthly allowance with different foods of your choice.

1 unit

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

2 units

1 (500g) pack of
all-purpose mix

  1. Make an appointment with your GP

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

    Top tips:

    Juvela offers newly diagnosed coeliacs a free starter pack; this allows you the opportunity to try a selection of gluten free foods from the range before deciding which ones you would like on prescription. Please give us a call or apply online for a pack.

    It may help to estimate how much gluten free food you would use in a typical month, eg how many slices of bread or bowls of porridge. Remember to include the flour you might use in cooking and baking.

  2. Choose your foods

    Once you have tried the products in your starter pack and decided which you would like to receive on prescription, use our handy request form (included in the pack) to help your GP set up your prescription.

    Top tip:

    Calculate the number of units and check this is in line with your monthly allowance.

  3. Next Steps

    Take your prescription to any pharmacy who will order the gluten free foods for you; they will let you know when your order is ready for collection (usually within 48 hours).

    Most prescriptions are repeated monthly without needing to see your GP; check with your pharmacy that this is the case.

    Top tip:

    Fresh bread has set ordering and delivery days, which your pharmacy should be familiar with. For further information, have a look at the fresh bread section on our website.

  4. Making changes to your prescription

    This will vary depending on your surgery, but can usually be done with a quick call to your GP surgery to make any changes or to add a new product to your prescription.

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