Some people are automatically entitled to free NHS prescriptions. This is called an ‘exemption’.

Certain prescribed items are always free, including contraceptives and medication given to hospital inpatients. 

Categories for exemption include:

  • Age
  • Government benefits
  • Medical conditions (such as diabetes) 

For the full list of reasons for exemption, please see: Free NHS prescriptions: do I qualify?

You can also check if you're entitled to free NHS prescriptions here. Additionally, your prescriber can give you more information about how this works.

If you are not entitled to free prescriptions, you can always purchase a prepayment certificate which makes paying for your prescriptions much cheaper.  

Purchase an NHS Prescription Prepayment Certificate

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