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Prescription Charges

Currently (From 1st May 2024): £9.90 per item

You can get free NHS prescriptions if, at the time the prescription is dispensed, you:

· are 60 or over

· are under 16

· are 16-18 and in full-time education (if over 19 in full time education not automatically entitled to free scripts but may well qualify under the NHS Low Income scheme - see below)

· are pregnant or have had a baby in the previous 12 months and have a valid maternity exemption certificate (MatEx)  

· have a specified medical condition and have a valid medical exemption certificate (MedEx)

· have a continuing physical disability that prevents you from going out without help from another person and have a valid MedEx

· hold a valid war pension exemption certificate and the prescription is for your accepted disability

· are a prisoner on release with a FP10 or FP10 (MDA)

· are an NHS inpatient

You are also entitled to free prescriptions if you or your partner (including civil partners) are named on, or are entitled to, an NHS tax credit exemption certificate or a valid HC2 certificate (full help with health costs but not an HC3 certificate),

For help on how to claim for a low income HC2 go to:

You can get help with your claim by ringing 0300 330 1343

or you receive either:

· Income Support

· Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

· Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, or  

· Pension Credit Guarantee Credit 

· Universal Credit


If you do not fall into one of these categories you would be well advised to buy a

Prepayment Certificate


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