Free NHS Prescriptions
Some groups are automatically entitled to free NHS prescriptions. While other people can apply directly to the NHS for special certificates that alow them to have free prescriptions. There are also some items tht you can get on prescription that are always free, these include medication that is given to inpatients of NHS hospitals, items from the Minor Ailments Scheme and contraceptives. You can get further information on this from your prescriber.
The groups that are exempt from having to pay for prescriptions include:
. People aged:
Aged 16-18 and in full time education
Aged 60 or over
Your prescription will come with your date of birth already printed on it, you will only have to show proof if you are in full time education.
People Who Receive Income-based benefits that include:
- Income Support
- Income related Employment and Support Allowance
- Income Based Jobseeker's Allowance
- Pension Credits
- Universal Credit
- Child Tax Credit
- Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit paid together
- Working Tax Credit including a disability element
Other groups that are exempt from paying prescription charges include:
- If you are pregnant or have had a baby in the last 12 months, you are only entitled to free NHS prescriptions if you have a valid maternity exemption certificate.
- Have certain medical conditions, you may require a medical exemption certificate.
- Are in receipt of a low income because you are a student or pensioner, you may need a valid HC2 certificate through the NHS Low Income Scheme.
- You can also get free NHS prescriptions if you have a valid war pension exemption certificate and your prescription is for your accepted disability.