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Free NHS prescriptions - Do you qualify? 

People with certain medical conditions can get free NHS prescriptions if they hold a valid medical exemption certificate.

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You can get all your NHS prescriptions free if you have a valid medical exemption certificate because you have:

  • a permanent fistula (for example, caecostomy, colostomy, laryngos-tomy or ileostomy) which needs continuous surgical dressing or an appliance;

  • a form of hypoadrenalism (for example, Addison’s Disease) for which specific substitution therapy is essential;

  • diabetes insipidus and other forms of hypopituitarism;

  • diabetes mellitus, except where treatment is by diet alone;

  • hypoparathyroidism;

  • myasthenia gravis;

  • myxoedema (that is, hypothyroidism which needs thyroid hormone replacement);

  • epilepsy which needs continuous anticonvulsive therapy;

  • a continuing physical disability which means you cannot go out without the help of another person; or

  • cancer and are undergoing treatment for:
       - cancer;
       - the effects of cancer; or,
       - the effects of cancer treatment.

You can only get a certificate if you have a condition on the list. If you are not sure about the name of your condition, check with your doctor. 

For more information go to:

Information for patients with Cancer

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