Gluten-free and over-the-counter prescribing


We regularly review the services we commission to ensure we are using NHS funds appropriately and fairly.

We ran a four week period of engagement about proposed prescribing changes from 24 November to 21 December 2016.

Thank you to everyone who took part in our consultation. You can read a summary of everyone’s feedback by downloading the survey reports below.


We have reviewed our prescribing policy for gluten-free food and two types over-the-counter medicines (antihistamines and painkillers) when they are used to treat short-term minor ailments.

A four week period of engagement ran from 24 November and ended on 21 December 2016.

Thank you to everyone who shared their views during this time.  We have received a lot of feedback and you can read more in the two survey reports available to download on this page.

Following careful consideration, the CCG is advising local GPs to prescribe gluten-free products to only the most vulnerable people living with coeliac disease. It is also advising GPs not to prescribe two types of over-the-counter medicines – painkillers and antihistamines – when used for short-term, minor ailments such as mild hayfever, headache, coughs and colds.

The changes will be introduced from April 2017.

If you have any queries about these plans or would like us to contact you direct about the outcome of this review, please email or call 01225 831 853.

For more information about Coeliac disease visit the Coeliac UK website.