Getting diagnosed with coeliac disease can be a worrying and confusing time for a lot of people, so we've developed these Next Steps to help you understand what to expect at each step. Following our Next Steps is as easy as cooking a gluten free cake!
After your diagnosis, your GP or gastroenterologist should refer you to see a dietitian who will provide you with personalised advice and a step by step plan for you to remove gluten from your diet.
If you are unsure if you’ve received a referral, check with your GP, who will be able to confirm, and advise you on whether the appointment will be at your GP’s surgery, or in the outpatient department at your local hospital.
Prior to meeting with the dietitian, it can be helpful to keep a food diary for two or three days of what you would normally eat so the dietitian will have a clearer idea of what to recommend you take on your monthly gluten free food prescription. It can also be helpful to make a note of any questions or concerns you may have so you can remember to raise them during the consultation.
During your appointment your dietitian should also provide you with written information and a contact number to support the advice that they give you, so you will have something to refer back to later.
Remember to ask if you can expect to receive a follow up appointment. You should also that ensure you attend regular check-ups with either your GP, dietitian or gastroenterologist.
After seeing your dietitian, register to Your Glutafin Club and we will send you a free Glutafin Taster Box to allow you to taste some of the different gluten free products you are able to request on your prescription such as bread, pasta, pizza bases and lots more.
Your Glutafin Taster Box will also contain the forms you need to set up your gluten free food prescription, a Glutafin recipe booklet and other information to help you adjust to your new gluten free lifestyle.
Once you’ve been diagnosed with coeliac disease, you’re automatically* entitled to receive gluten free foods on prescription to help you enjoy a well-balanced, gluten free diet. In order to receive a gluten free food prescription, you will need to make an appointment with your GP and discuss which products you would like to request on prescription and the quantities. You can then take your prescription to your chosen pharmacy and arrange to collect your order once it is ready.
Your doctor will need to use the exact title of your chosen food products when setting up or changing your prescription to ensure you receive what you want. Our Glutafin gluten free food request form provides all the information they need, if you wish to take it with you to your appointments.
Remember our careline are here to help you every step of the way, contact us here
*Subject to the area you live in.
A great way to plan what you need on a gluten free prescription is to estimate what you ate in a typical month before you were diagnosed. Your GP will look into your needs and also what has been recommended by healthcare experts. To find out more about the amount of gluten free foods you are entitled to, as well as the overall prescription costs and other information, read our dedicated Your Prescription section
We understand that removing gluten from your diet can seem daunting at first, which is why we provide an extensive selection of recipes and ideas to get you started.
Being on a gluten free diet doesn't mean you can’t enjoy great tasting food!
And if you need any help or advice when you’re cooking we have a team of talented gluten free cooks on our careline who are ready to help you. Contact us here
Getting diagnosed can be a hard time, but there is fantastic support available through Coeliac UK, and a growing network of online resources to help. You can also follow us on Facebook or Twitter to see the online community in action!
We run and attend a number of Events throughout the year especially for coeliacs where you can learn how to cook with Glutafin Gluten Free Mix, speak to a qualified dietitian and meet with fellow coeliacs.