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Free NHS prescriptions

You are eligible for a free prescription if you:

  • are 60 or over
  • are under 16 or 16 to 18 and in full-time education
  • are pregnant or have had a baby in the previous 12 months and have a valid maternity exemption certificate (MatEx) (please see below for more information)
  • have a specified medical condition and have a valid medical exemption certificate (MedEx) – your doctor will give you an application form
  • have a continuing physical disability that prevents you going out without help from another person and have a valid medical exemption certificate (MedEx)
  • hold a valid war pension exemption certificate and the prescription is for your accepted disability
  • are a currently admitted to hospital on a doctor’s order
  • are on certain benefits or have a low income (more information in the next section)