You're entitled to free NHS prescriptions if at the time the prescription is dispensed, you:

  • are aged 60 or over
  • are under the age of 16
  • are aged 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)
  • have a specified medical condition and have a valid Medical Exemption Certificate (MEDEX)
  • have a continuing physical disability that prevents you from going out without help from another person and have a valid MEDEX
  • hold a valid War Pension exemption certificate and the prescription is for your accepted disability
  • are an NHS inpatient.

You're also entitled if you or your partner get, or you're under the age of 20 and the dependant of someone getting:

  • Income Support
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • Universal Credit and meet the qualifying conditions.

If you're entitled to or named on:

If you have a HC3 for partial help with NHS health costs you're not entitled to free NHS prescriptions.

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