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Document Am I entitled to a Medical Exemption (MEDEX) certificate for free NHS prescriptions?

If you have one of the conditions listed below you may be entitled to a Medical Exemption (MEDEX) certificates which will entitle you to free NHS prescriptions, however you must hold a valid certificate in order to claim your free prescription. The condition alone does not exempt you from charges.
 
Medical Exemption certificates are issued on application to people who have:
  • a permanent fistula (for example caecostomy, colostomy, laryngostomy or ileostomy) which needs continuous surgical dressing or an appliance
     
  • a form of hypoadrenalism (for example Addison’s Disease) for which specific substitution therapy is essential
     
  • diabetes insipidus or other forms of hypopituitarism
     
  • diabetes mellitus, except where treatment is by diet alone
     
  • hypoparathyroidism
     
  • myasthenia gravis
     
  • myxoedema (that is, hypothyroidism which needs thyroid hormone replacement)
     
  • epilepsy which needs continuous anticonvulsive therapy
     
  • a continuing physical disability which means you cannot go out without the help of another person. Temporary disabilities do not count even if they last for several months

    Or are undergoing treatment for cancer:
     
    • including the effects of cancer, or
       
    • the effects of current or previous cancer treatment
We cannot advise any further regarding these conditions or whether you may qualify. If you are unsure at all regarding your eligibility to a Medical Exemption certificate you should consult your GP.



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