If you or someone you care for has been diagnosed with coeliac disease and/or dermatitis herpetiformis, then it is important to adhere to a gluten-free (GF) diet.
Guidance and advice on maintaining a healthy diet are available at Coeliac UK.
Changes to the supply of gluten-free foods
From 1 April 2017 gluten-free foods will no longer be routinely provided on the NHS for patients in Bedfordshire.
On November 24 2016, Bedfordshire CCG’s Governing Body made a decision to stop providing gluten-free foods on the NHS unless there are specific circumstances whereby a dependent patient could be at risk of dietary neglect.
Dependent patients could include all children currently receiving gluten-free foods on the NHS and may include some adults with mental capacity issues. Being a dependent does not mean you are at risk of dietary neglect and are automatically entitled to gluten-free foods.
If you are a dependent patient and believe you could be at risk of dietary neglect as a result of this policy change, or are a carer of a dependent relative that you have concerns about, then you can contact the CCG to discuss how we can support you, on:
Enquiries: Tel 01525 624275 or Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Dependent patients who may be at risk of dietary neglect need to be referred to their GP or dietician for an assessment of risk and support.
If the GP or dietician believes they have exceptional clinical circumstances that warrant consideration of the NHS continuing to fund gluten-free foods then they will complete a proforma for consideration by the Individual Funding Request (IFR) team. The IFR team will consider all the proformas and advise the GP or dietician if they have approved or declined the request.