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What gluten free foods are available on prescription in Scotland?

In Scotland, bread, rolls, flour mixes, pasta, pizza bases, crackers & crispbreads and cereal are available on prescription- this is managed directly with your pharmacy through the Gluten Free Food Service. Availability varies depending on which health board area you live in, please speak to your pharmacist to see which products are available.


Glutafin products are only available to order on prescription, they are not available to purchase in supermarkets. A number of our breads and flour mixes have been fortified with extra nutrients that coeliacs need in order to help maintain a nutritionally balanced diet.

To top up your prescription why not try our sister brand Schär, Europe’s favourite in gluten-free, you can find their delicious biscuits, snacks, bread and frozen products in all major supermarkets. Visit their website here.

How much gluten free food can I get on prescription?

Gluten free food on prescription is measured in units. Depending on your age, gender and the area of the UK that you live in, you have a certain number of units for your monthly allowance. You can mix and match the foods you enjoy, up to the total amount of units in your allowance. Most people choose a variety of items for each prescription.

How many units am I allowed?

Number of units
Child 1-3 years
Child 4-6 years
Child 7-10 years
Child 11-14 years
Child 15-18 years
Male 19-59 years
Male 60-74 years
Male 75+ years
Female 19-74 years
Female 75+ years
add 4
3rd timester pregnancy
add 1

Coeliac UK guidelines suggest the approximate amount of gluten free food (classified in units) needed for a person with coeliac disease to maintain a balanced diet for one month. This is based on advice from healthcare professionals as well as input from patient organisations and patients themselves. You should discuss the amount you are allowed with a qualified healthcare professional.

How much does a gluten free prescription cost?

Gluten free prescriptions are free in Scotland.

How do I set up a prescription?

In Scotland, you will set up your prescription directly with your pharmacist. Your GP or dietitian should invite you to register with the Gluten Free Food Service, using a patient registration form. They will also make you aware of which foods are available in your health board.

Tip: Use our Food Diary to help you determine how much of each item you will need. Then complete our Gluten Free Foods Request Form to help your Pharmacist set up your prescription.

What happens when you are registered to the Gluten Free Food Service?

Your dietitian or GP will ask you to nominate a pharmacy where you would like to collect your prescription. Find your nearest pharmacy here

You will be given an order form to complete every month to give to your nominated pharmacy. Each month you will be required to complete a new order form with your selection for that month.

 How long does it take to receive my gluten free foods prescription?

Once you have completed your order it will normally take around 48 hours from when your pharmacist receives it to the order being ready for collection. Please note that some items, such as fresh bread, will only be delivered on certain days (Wednesdays and Fridays in England.) See our dedicated page on fresh bread ordering here.

Some pharmacies also offer additional services such as free home delivery which may make managing your prescription easier. Your pharmacist should also be able to accommodate changes to your prescription should you need to.

You can find your nearest pharmacy here

If you are experiencing problems receiving your Glutafin products on prescription please contact us here

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