Gluten free prescribing

Gluten free prescribing was considered under the services review and the decision was made by the Governing Body that NHS Kernow will no longer support the supply of gluten free foods on prescription – either prescribed by GPs or as part of the community pharmacy scheme.  The decision takes effect from 1 December 2016.

This decision was not made lightly. NHS Kernow is reviewing all the services it plans and pays for as part of its work to ensure they continue to provide the best clinical outcomes, based on the needs of the population and the money it has available to spend.  Throughout this process, NHS Kernow is mindful of patient safety, quality of service and the need to transform services. 

We follow a rigorous process of assessment prior to a recommendation reaching the Governing Body for a decision.  The proposal to end the prescribing of gluten free foods will affect one per cent of the county’s population and represents a saving of £350,000 a year. 

Engagement report

The purpose of this is to report on the public engagement exercise that ran for seven weeks from 24 June until 12 August 2016, regarding the future of gluten-free food on prescription in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Read the report here

Frequently asked questions

We've produced a list of frequently asked questions about the consultation and decision making process. Find out more here

Information for patients

From 30 November 2016, you will no longer receive gluten-free foods on NHS prescription. This applies whether you have received gluten-free foods as a prescription from your GP or through the community pharmacy scheme. Find out more in our patient information leaflet