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What Qualifies You For Free Prescriptions?

The majority of patients who use the Nightingale service will be exempt from paying for prescriptions. But, if you are unsure whether you are exempt or not, we hope this will make things a little clearer for you.

Who are Exempt for Paying for Prescriptions?

Free Prescriptions

For main reasons that Nightingale users are exempt from paying for NHS prescriptions is because of age (currently exempt if you are over the age of 60) or location (currently exempt if you live in Scotland or Wales). There are however a number of exemption reasons and these can be found on the back of your prescription:

  • Under the age of 16 or over the age of 60
  • Ages 16-18 and in full time education
  • In receipt of income based benefits
  • In receipt of certain tax credits
  • If you have a maternity exemption certificate (are pregnant or have a child under 1 year old)
  • Certain medical conditions
  • If you are on low income¬†
  • If you have a war pension exemption certificate
  • If you live in Scotland or Wales

For reasons other than age or location you will need to provide proof of exemption, usually in the form of an exemption certificate. More information can be found here.

I Am Entitled to Free Prescriptions

Free NHS Prescriptions

Excellent news. If you are exempt from paying for age or location reasons then you do not need to do anything. Nightingale (or any other Dispensing Appliance Contractor or Pharmacy) will not charge you for your prescription fee. If you have an exemption certificate you will need to provide the certificate number and expiry date, as per our prescription exemption policy.

I Am Not Entitled to Free Prescriptions.

Paying for Prescriptions

Currently, the NHS Prescription fee is £9.35 per item line. So a prescription with catheters, leg bags and night bags, for example, could soon add up. If you are regularly paying for prescriptions you may be able to save money with a prescription prepayment certificate (PPC); where you pay a set price for as many prescriptions you need in a given time period.

I Am Still Unsure?

Am I Entitled to Free Prescriptions

If you are unsure whether you are exempt or not, the advice would be to carry on paying for your prescriptions whilst you find out for sure. If you claim you are exempt when you aren’t you could face a penalty charge. If you ask for a FP57 refund receipt at the time of paying for your prescription, you will be able to get a refund if you find out you are exempt and claim within 3 months. This online checker might help identify if you are exempt from paying for prescriptions.

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What Qualifies You For Free Prescriptions?

If you require assistance in completing this form, please give our Customer Care Centre a call on 0800 318 559 and they will be happy to help.