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Change to the Provision of Gluten Free Foods from 1st July 2022

Following public consultation in 2021, a decision was made by the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Body on 29th March 2022 to cease routine provision of Gluten Free Foods across the BLMK Integrated Care System from 1st July 2022.

This means that Gluten Free foods will no longer be available on prescription in the BLMKCCG area from that date.

The Governing Body however recognised increases in the cost of living and the pressures on households and agreed to make provision in the policy to allow residents who are at risk of dietary neglect to access gluten-free foods off prescription, where required. 

Residents who are at risk of dietary neglect will be able to access gluten free foods (breads and flour mixes) directly from their pharmacies with no GP involvement. Please refer to the flow chart below for eligibility criteria.

GPs will contact those patients affected by letter before 1st July explaining the new process.

Residents affected who have any questions or require any assistance with the change should contact their Dietitian by e-mail on food.first@nhs.net or the Clinical Commissioning Group by e-mail blmkccg.contactus@nhs.net or telephone 01525 624275.

 

Resources:

BLMK Gluten Free Food Eligibility Flow Chart
National Prescribing Guidelines from coeliac.org.uk
BLMK Gluten Free Patient order form (including eligibility criteria)
List of Gluten Free Foods available to eligible BLMK Residents (May 2022) Gluten Free foods available on Drug Tariff - retrieved May 2022
Living gluten free - Coeliac UK

If the papers you require are not here, please contact the Medicines Management Team:
blmkccg.bedsmeds@nhs.net or 01525 624 375

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