Free Prescriptions

free NHS prescriptionsTo find out if you qualify for free prescriptions read the lists below. If you are unsure if you fit into one of these groups then please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to answer any questions you have.

Free Prescriptions Based on Age

Certain age groups are exempt from paying prescription charges. You qualify for free prescriptions if:

  • You are under 16 years of age
  • You are 16-18 years of age and in full-time education
  • You are over 60 years of age

Free Prescriptions For Pregnancy

Pregnant women and new mothers qualify for free prescriptions if:

  • You are pregnant and have a valid maternity exemption certificate (MatEx)
  • You have given birth in the previous 12 months and have a valid maternity exemption certificate (MatEx)

Free Prescriptions Based On Medical Conditions

Sufferers of some medical conditions are entitled to free prescriptions, as are those who need help to leave home and NHS hospital inpatients. The full list of medical requirements are:

  • A permanent fistula
  • Epilepsy that requires continuous anti-convulsive therapy
  • Diabetes mellitis (if treatment is not by diat alone)
  • Myxoedema
  • Hypoparathyroidism
  • Diabetes insipidus or other forms of hypopituitarism
  • Forms of hypoadrenalism (including Addison’s disease) for which specific substitution therapy is essential
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • A continuing physical disability that prevents you going out without the help of another person
  • Undergoing cancer treatment or treatment for the effects of current or previous cancer treatment
  • You are a NHS hospital inpatient
  • You hold a valid war pension exemption certificate and the prescription is for your accepted disability

Free Prescriptions Based On Benefits

If you, or your partner (including civil partner) are in receipt of certain benefits then you qualify for free prescriptions. Free prescriptions are available if:

  • You are named on an NHS tax credit exemption certificate or a valid HC2 certificate
  • You receive Income Support
  • You receive Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • You receive Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • You receive Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • You receive Universal Credit (due for review on October 31st 2015)

Further Information

You can read more about entitlement to free prescriptions and information on how to apply on the NHS website.

Who is entitled to free prescriptions

Or you can call into your local Newline Pharmacy branch and we will be pleased to advise you.


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