May 14 to 20 is Coeliac Awareness week so I have produced a signposting guide for newly diagnosed coeliacs.
Official UK Charity
http://www.coeliac.org.uk/ 0845 305 2060
Members get sent the Food and Drink Directory every year, which contains details of gluten-free products from different supermarkets.
A contact from a local Coeliac UK group will contact the patient within a week of registering with the site.
These are not all the manufacturers available, but they are the ones that will send free samples out to newly diagnosed coeliacs:
Juvela 0800 783 1992
Dietary Specials 0800 954 1981
Glutafin 0800 988 2470
Livwell 0845 120 0038
Lifestyle 0845 270 1400
Blogs and recipes
Both of these blogs contain lots of recipes and information and are also on Facebook and Twitter:
It's worthwhile reminding patients to get a pre-payment certificate too:
http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/1127.aspx 0845 850 0030
Babir Malik is a community pharmacist from South Yorkshire and a coeliac. He went to Bradford Univeristy and qualified in 2008 and is extremely passionate about pharmacy.