Stopping the prescribing of Gluten Free Foods
We regularly review the medicines that we prescribe to check that we are using the most effective and best value medicines for our patients and the NHS.
From the 1st of December 2016, NHS Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has made all Gluten Free products non-formulary (the Somerset formulary advises GPs on safe, evidence based cost effective prescribing).
Therefore the GPs at this practice have taken the decision to stop prescribing all Gluten Free products on prescription from 1 May 2018.
Gluten free products are now more widely available from shops and supermarkets for you to purchase instead, either in person or via online delivery and the price of these products continues to decrease.
You may also decide to replace some gluten free products previously provided on prescription such as GF pasta with alternative naturally gluten free products such as rice and potatoes.
This has not been an easy decision for the Somerset CCG and our GP practice but there is now a need in the current financial environment to restrict NHS spending.
A gluten free checklist and advice on cooking and baking can be found at the Coeliac UK support website: https://www.coeliac.org.uk/gluten-free-diet-and-lifestyle/cooking-and-baking/ and https://www.coeliac.org.uk/document-library/126-gluten-free-checklist/gluten-free-checklist-2015-online.pdf
Your local community pharmacy can order gluten free products for you to purchase if there are particular brands you wish to keep as part of your diet. However these may well be more expensive than equivalent products available from supermarkets and other shops.
Somerset CCG Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) is available to discuss this change if you need advice, have concerns or don't know where to turn. As a patient, relative or carer, sometimes you may need to turn to someone for help, advice and support. This is where the Patient Advice and Liaison Service can help. This service is free and confidential. Their aim is to help sort out any problems or concerns you may have when using health services, agree the best way forward to deal with a problem and get it resolved as quickly as possible. PALS can be contacted via:
NHS Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group
Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 8HR
Telephone: 08000 851067