In 2016 our Governing Body decided it would no longer support the supply of any gluten-free foods on prescription. The total spend on gluten-free products on prescription paid by Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly’s NHS was £350,000 a year.
In December 2018, following a national consultation on gluten-free prescribing, legal amendments were made to NHS (General Medical Services Contract) (Prescription of Drugs etc.) Regulations 2004 permitting the NHS to only prescribe gluten-free breads and flour mixes.
In June 2021, our Governing Body reviewed its decision alongside the national legal amendment and upheld its original decision and continued to not support the supply of any gluten-free foods on prescription in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
If you have any questions about the gluten free position statement, please email us.
These resources can be used by people in their own homes, carers and volunteers, as well as community health and care professionals.
Nutrition and hydration play a very important role in how your body reacts to and recovers from COVID-19. Eating a varied diet with a range of nutrients is important to support the immune system. However, there is no individual food, nutrient or supplement alone that will prevent us catching COVID-19 or help us recover from it.