NHS prescriptions are free in Scotland and Wales. In Northern Ireland, Health Service (HS) prescriptions are free for everyone. This includes medication, wigs and surgical appliances.
Prescriptions in England
People with cancer in England are eligible for free NHS prescriptions. This is for all medication, not just cancer-related medication.
All people undergoing treatment for cancer, or the effects of cancer or its treatment, can apply for free prescriptions by collecting form FP92A from their GP surgery or cancer clinic.
You’ll receive a certificate that shows you don’t have to pay prescription fees. Certificates for people with cancer last for five years. They can be used to the end date, even if your cancer treatment finishes during that period. At the end of the five years you can reapply if you’re still undergoing treatment for cancer, the effects of cancer or the effects of cancer treatment. Speak to you doctor about whether you qualify.
You also qualify for free NHS prescriptions if:
- you’re 60 or over
- you’re under 16, or under 19 and in full-time education
- you’re an NHS hospital inpatient
- you’re pregnant or have had a baby in the last 12 months
- you receive a valid war pension and need prescriptions for your war injury
- your weekly income is low enough you’re included in an award of: Income Support; the guarantee element of Pension Credit; income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; income-related Employment and Support Allowance; Universal Credit; or are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax exemption certificate.
You can also get free prescriptions if you have:
- a long-term physical disability that prevents you from leaving your home without the help of another person
- a permanent fistula, such as a caecostomy, colostomy, laryngostomy or ileostomy, which needs continuous dressing or an appliance
- epilepsy that needs continuous anti-convulsive therapy
- diabetes mellitus, except where treatment is by diet only
- diabetes insipidu s and other kinds of hypopituitarism
- myasthenia gravis
- a form of hypoadrenalism (for example Addison’s disease), for which specific substitution therapy is essential.
You’ll need to show your pharmacist proof that you qualify for free prescriptions.
How can I apply?
If you have any of the above medical conditions, ask your doctor to fill in form FP92A