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Document Do I have to pay for my prescriptions if my GP practice is in England but I live close to the border in Scotland / Wales?

Scotland

NHS prescription charges were abolished in Scotland from 1 April 2011, therefore, you don't have to pay for NHS prescriptions if you:
  • Present a Scottish prescription at a pharmacy in Scotland;
  • Present an English prescription, with a valid Entitlement Card, at a pharmacy in Scotland;
  • Present an English prescription form at a pharmacy in Scotland and you qualify under exemption arrangements detailed in the NHS (Free Prescriptions and Charges for Drugs and Appliances)(Scotland) Regulations 2011

If you present your prescription in England, you must pay unless you qualify for exemption under English arrangements.


Wales

Since 1 August 2006, qualifying patients (those living in Wales but registered with an English GP practice) have been able to apply to their Local Health Board for an entitlement card.

Entitlement card holders are able to get their prescription dispensed for free providing they take it to a Welsh pharmacy.

If you don’t have an entitlement card or you present a Welsh prescription at an English pharmacy, you need to pay unless you qualify for exemption under English arrangements.




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