Currently, in Scotland, the following gluten-free foods are available on prescription:
- Breakfast cereal.
- Bread – fresh and long life.
- Rolls – fresh and long life.
- Bread mixes and flour.
- Crackers and crisp bread.
- Pizza bases.
- Xanthan gum (baking aid).
Some health boards still choose to have biscuits on their food lists although these have been removed by many areas as these are not deemed to be an essential staple food. You may find that on occasions, where there is a clinical need, certain patients may have biscuits added as per instructions by their dietician.
Each health board formulary can be accessed via NHS Inform (www.nhsinform.scot).
The range and number of products on each health board formulary varies and is decided locally. If products are out of stock at a wholesaler, you need to re-order as this is not done automatically. Patients should be encouraged to contact manufacturers for samples of their products were available and also to try different products from the formulary to find ones that suit their particular taste and needs.
It is always worth mentioning that initially when newly diagnosed, patients benchmark the taste and texture of products against a gluten-containing version. As they move on, they may find that products they initially tried and rejected are more acceptable as their tastes and benchmark change. Products are being reformulated and improved so periodically re-trying products may be a very useful exercise.