The Gluten-free Food Service is a voluntary service for people who need to eat gluten-free foods as part of their care. This service is available through all community pharmacies.
All gluten-free foods are provided free-of-charge as part of your prescription.
Who can use this service
You can use this service if you:
have a confirmed diagnosis of coeliac disease or dermatitis herpetiformis
live in Scotland
have registered with a GP practice
You can’t use this service if you live in a care home but can continue to get your prescription through your GP.
By using this service you’ll:
have more control over your diet
have more variety in your diet
have the freedom to change your order each month so that you can try different foods
be sure that your gluten-free food unit allocation is what you are entitled to
be offered an annual health check
As you’ll order through your pharmacy, you won’t have to visit your GP when you need a food prescription.
Annual health check
You should have an annual health check with your pharmacist if you:
are over 16
have coeliac disease
are registered with the gluten-free service
During this check, the pharmacist will:
ask you questions relating to coeliac disease and your gluten-free diet
ask to take your weight and height
give you a chance to discuss your concerns
check if you’re still entitled to the same number of units as before – if there’s a change, they’ll let you and your GP know
The pharmacist can then put you in touch with the correct healthcare professional if there’s a need for further action.
How to register
If you’re invited to register for the Gluten-free Food Service, your GP or dietitian will:
tell you how many gluten-free units are available to you
give you a registration form to complete
You’ll need to complete and sign this form. You should then take it to the pharmacy you want to register with and where you will collect your orders from.
When you take the form to your pharmacy, the pharmacist will:
explain how the service works
answer any questions
give you a gluten-free food request form
They’ll also tell you:
how to access these forms for future orders
if you’re due an annual coeliac disease health check
Once registered, you must always go to the same pharmacy to order your gluten-free food.
If you wish to change the pharmacy you use for the Gluten-free Food Service, ask your GP practice or dietician to provide you with a registration form. You can then take this to the new pharmacy you want to register with.
If you’re moving locally and can still use the same pharmacy, you’ll need to tell the pharmacist your new address.
Moving further away
If you’re moving further away and can’t use the same pharmacy, you’ll need to tell your GP your new address. This means that they can send you a new registration form.
Moving health board
If you’re moving to a new health board and changing GP, you’ll need to register with a new GP and pharmacist to start using the service again.
Food lists and allowances
Each health board has produced a gluten-free food list showing the items available in their area.