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You can get free NHS prescriptions if, at the time the prescription is dispensed, you:

  • are 60 or over
  • are under 16
  • are 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 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 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 health costs are not entitled to free NHS prescriptions.

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