You are automatically exempt from prescription charges if you are:
- a child under 16, or under 19 and in full-time education
- over 60 years of age.
Prescription charges are also free if:
- you are pregnant or have had a baby in the last 12 months
- you have a registered disability or specific medical condition, e.g. diabetes mellitus (other than diet only)
- you receive certain government benefits.
If you are unsure if you qualify for free prescriptions, please ask your doctor or pharmacist who can advise you. A booklet entitled ‘Help with health costs’ is also available – please ask at reception for a copy.
If you need regular repeat prescriptions you can keep the cost down by buying a pre-payment certificate or “season ticket”. These can be bought quarterly or annually. Application forms are available from the surgery or your pharmacy.