Look North: Interview Concerning Gluten-free Prescriptions.

Look North
This week I was interviwed by Look North to discuss our personal experience of gluten-free prescription allowance for my 6 year old coeliac son.

We currently alternate between ordering bread one month and pasta the next and certainly don’t use our full allowance. We are extremely gratefull for the provision of this service and hope it will continue indefinitely. This said, change is afoot across the country and appears to vary considerably.

In the Vale of York they have approved the development of a supermarket voucher scheme to be trialled for six months. This scheme is the first of its kind in the UK. In my area of West Yorkshire, we follow a pharmacy led prescribing scheme, but personally I think the supermarket scheme is a great idea as it will free up GP and pharmacy clinical time which can only be a good thing and shop according to your needs therefore reducing unnecessary waste. The full interview can be seen below.


  • comment-avatar
    Kate - gluten free alchemist June 30, 2016 (9:27 pm)

    You are way ahead up there! We still have a basic list of options which are prescribed by the GP. A couple of years ago, I had to make a complaint to the Health Authority because they removed flours from the list and suggested that I should get bulk bread orders instead (we don’t have the luxury of pasta either). I managed to get the flours reinstated, but now have to have an argument most months with the surgery admin staff who seem incapable of reading what I request accurately from the form I submit.
    Vouchers? Yes please!

    • comment-avatar
      Kate Hardie July 1, 2016 (1:01 pm)

      Wow, what a frustrating situation you are in! I have ordered the same combination of things for over 4 years now but in the past 18 months seem to get only a bit of the prescription and end up having to have long discussions with the pharmacy and telephone consultations with the GP. I think the voucher scheme makes most sense all round too!

  • comment-avatar
    Vicki Gilbert August 3, 2016 (10:13 pm)

    I think for some the voucher scheme would work but not for all. Some live in rural areas with no supermarkets not even small ones so it would be pointless.

    • comment-avatar
      Kate Hardie August 4, 2016 (7:31 am)

      Very true but they must be buying their food from somewhere? I can’t help wondering that the voucher system could offer a saving to the NHS instead of all of us having no provision at all, which is the way it appears to be going.