What are the current prescription exemptions in England?

You are entitled to free prescriptions in England if you meet any of the following criteria:

  • You are aged 60 or over.
  • You are aged under 16.
  • You are aged 16, 17 or 18 and in full-time education.
  • You are pregnant, or have had a baby in the previous 12 months, and have an exemption certificate (see below).
  • You have a listed medical condition and have an exemption certificate (see below).

You (or your partner) gets one of the following:

  • Income Support.
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance.
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance.
  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit.
  • You are entitled to Universal credit and meet the criteria specified by the NHS.
  • You are a war pensioner–and your treatment is connected with the pensionable disability.
  • You are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS Tax Credit Exemption Certificate.
  • You have low income and have a valid HC2 certificate (see below).
  • You are prescribed a free–of-charge contraceptive

If you are entitled to free prescriptions, you must select the correct declaration in your account and ideally let us see a copy of your exemption proof, when you collect your prescription.

If you are still unsure and require further guidance please contact our Pharmacy Team by clicking here and complete the online contact form.

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