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NHS prescriptions are free in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. People with cancer in England are eligible for free NHS prescriptions.
People with cancer in England are eligible for free NHS prescriptions.
All people undergoing treatment for cancer, or the effects of cancer or its treatment, can apply for an exemption certificate by collecting form FP92A from their GP surgery or oncology clinic.
You also qualify for free NHS prescriptions if:
You can also get free prescriptions if you have:
You’ll need to show your pharmacist proof that you qualify for free prescriptions.
If you have any of the above medical conditions, ask your doctor to fill in form FP92A (England only).
If you don’t qualify for free prescriptions, consider buying a Prescription Prepayment Certificate for three months or a year.
It will save you money if you need more than four prescriptions in three months or more than 14 prescribed items in one year.
The charge for a single prescription item is £7.85. For items prescribed in combination/duo packs, there’s a prescription charge for each different drug in the pack.
A Prescription Prepayment Certificate for three months costs £29.10, and a Prescription Prepayment Certificate for 12 months costs £104.
You can buy a certificate over the phone using a recognised credit or debit card. Phone the Prescription Pricing Authority on 0845 850 0030. You can also buy the certificate online from nhsbsa.nhs.uk| If you’d prefer to spread the cost out, you can pay for the certificate by direct debit over 10 monthly payments.
You’ll need to show your pharmacist your Prescription Prepayment Certificate when you collect your prescription.
Prescriptions in Scotland have been free since April 2011.
All prescriptions are free in Wales.
Health Service (HS) prescriptions are free for everyone in Northern Ireland. This includes medication, wigs and surgical appliances.
Content last reviewed: 1 April 2013
Next planned review: 2014
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