The way that the NHS in Scotland provides free gluten-free food has changed. Here at Aberlour Pharmacy we think it has made the service a lot better for you and your family.
You now have a long list of products to choose from, and an allocation of points per month. You can try different products each month, or you could stick to the same order every month.
The NHS dietitians have worked out how many points each person needs each month based on their age and gender. They assume that you are also eating carbohydrates that are naturally gluten free, like potatoes and rice.
Once a year the pharmacist will go through a check list of questions with you. Some of the questions seem really basic, like “Do you know what you can / can’t eat?” but the process of going through the questions starts a conversation that helps the pharmacist get to know you better, and how to help you more in the coming months. And sometimes we even tell patients things that they didn’t know, like the helpline number for Coeliac UK: 0845 305 2060
The NHS has produced information leaflets for you about the service:
- Short Guide to the Gluten Free Food Service.
- NHS Patient Information Pack (13 A4 pages)
- NHS Grampian Gluten Free Food: Prescribable Product List – August 2016 version
- Monthly GF food order forms
- Interactive Order Form (to complete and email to the Pharmacy)
Click on the links above to download a PDF of each documents
We have some blank order forms in the dispensary, so we can take your order over the phone, or you can complete a form at the counter.
Please get in touch if you have any questions about the Gluten Free Food Service.