1. I am a coeliac, and control my diet very carefully, I now rarely suffer any significant symptoms,
do I need to change my regular medication to GF?
If you have been taking this medication for some time, and suffered few recurrences, then you probably do not need to have it specially sourced as GF, however you do want to try and ensure to stay on the same brands, and be aware that even the usual brand can be reformulated. If you suddenly find you are getting more symptoms, whilst maintaining your vigilance with regards to your diet, it might be worth trying GF SP sourced medication.
2. My prescription also has Gluten Free bread on it, will you need a separate prescription?
No, we will happily supply all your medicines, so long as at least one requires specialist sourcing.
3. Is there any charge for this service?
No, NHS patients will not pay any additional costs for this service. It is an NHS service for NHS patients. However, the work in finding suitable products, and some of the medicines we supply do sometimes cost more to the NHS, which is why it should be reserved for those that need GF medicines. However the additional costs to the NHS represent good value when compared to the cost of visiting consultants or hospitalisation with recurrent symptoms.- Not to mention the suffering and inconvenience to the patient.
4. My GP endorsed my medicines GFSP on my last prescription, but has omitted to do so this time, but as you know I have it GF, can you not do it anyway?
No, unfortunately not, the NHS specify that special sourcing from GFSP is only available if the prescription is endorsed GFSP and initialled by the prescriber.