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Coeliac service likely to be rolled out across Scotland

By Scotland correspondent


Community pharmacists in Scotland are likely to be delivering a new service for patients with coeliac disease later this year.

Discussions are currently ongoing between Community Pharmacy Scotland and the Scottish Government about the details of the potential service. However, PJ Online understands that it is likely to be based on work piloted in NHS Tayside.

The Tayside scheme involves patients being initially assessed by a dietitian who assigns the patient with a recommended number of gluten-free units required for a balanced diet. The units are based on available from Coeliac UK.

Once the patient has been assessed, the patient's community pharmacy is informed of the patent's unit entitlement. NHS Tayside provides the pharmacy with a list of prescribable products, each with a unit score. Patients can order any items they choose from this list, up to the number of units to which they are entitled per month.

More details of the national service are expected to be released before the summer (2013).

Citation: Electronicjuice DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2013.11116635

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