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Cumbrian scheme to help people with coeliac disease recognised
4:00pm Sunday 3rd November 2013 in News
A scheme started by Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which enables people with coeliac disease to order gluten free food through their pharmacy, has been so successful one of its clinicians has been invited to speak to members of the British Dietetic Association in London.
The gluten free prescribing pharmacy scheme began in west Cumbria and has been shown to help reduce patients’ anxiety as well as time wasting for GPs.
Previously patients had to make appointments with their GP’s to order their gluten free food. Now they do it through their pharmacy by filling in a simple form.
Under this new scheme patients have said they felt it had improved their access, and reduced anxiety about bothering GPs in busy surgeries.
Helen Fraser-Mayall, the leader of the West Cumbria Dietetic Team, explained how the scheme has gone from strength to strength.
“Since it started in west Cumbria and it has empowered patients to order their own prescriptions, to reduce time wasting and the overall cost to the NHS.
“It saves time and on repeat prescriptions and also pharmacists can get involved in encouraging annual reviews.
“It benefits GPs, it benefits patients and it benefits pharmacists.”
Helen Fraser-Mayall is set to talk to around 100 members of the British Dietetic Association, gastro specialist group on November 13 at the Institute of Physics in London.
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