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Gluten-free foods

Find out about new guidance on the quantity of gluten-free products that can be provided on prescription.

gluten-free-animation-largeLeicester City CCG has developed some guidance for local GPs, and other health professionals that are
trained to be able to write prescriptions, to advise them on the gluten-free products that can be prescribed and in what quantities.

In June 2016, before producing the guidance, we launched a survey together with Healthwatch and our neighbouring CCGs in Leicestershire and Rutland, to ask patients for their views. Over 800 people completed the survey.
The number of units of gluten-free products that can now be prescribed for patients with Coeliac Disease and Dermatitis Herpetiformis is eight units per month of bread and flour mix only.
These products are restricted to products of low or mid-range value and to manufacturers who do not charge excessive delivery costs. Prescribing of pasta, pizza bases, cereals and crisp breads are not recommended, or luxury foods such as cakes and biscuits.

Demand for NHS services continues to increase. Therefore we need to look at everything we do to ensure the NHS locally uses its funding appropriately and fairly and everyone needs to take responsibility. We have reviewed the prescribing of gluten-free (GF) food because a wide range of products are now widely available in supermarkets. Also the vast majority of foods, including many staple carbohydrates are naturally gluten-free. We have taken in to consideration all the feedback that we have received and decided to reduce the number of units and range of GF food that can be prescribed.
The new guidance came into effect on 1st January 2017.

You can read more about this decision in our frequently asked questions leaflet.

There is a wealth of information on the Coeliac UK website (www.coeliac.org.uk) that you can access such as:

  • gluten free standard imagesInformation about eating out
  • Gluten-free food on a budget
  • Shopping and food labels
  • Gluten-free check list

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