You can apply for a MEDEX if you have one of the following medical conditions:

  • a permanent fistula which needs continuous surgical dressing or an appliance including caecostomy, colostomy, laryngostomy or ileostomy
  • a form of hypoadrenalismfor which specific substitution therapy is essential including Addison’s Disease
  • diabetes insipidus and other forms of hypopituitarism
  • diabetes mellitus, except where treatment is by diet alone
  • hypoparathyroidism
  • myasthenia gravis
  • myxoedema which is hypothyroidism that 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
  • cancer and are undergoing treatment for either:
    • cancer
    • the effects of cancer
    • the effects of cancer treatment.

These are the only conditions that entitle you to a MEDEX. If you’re not sure about the name of your condition, speak to your doctor.

Check what help you could get to pay for NHS costs and apply online.

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