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Document Which medical conditions entitle someone to a Medical exemption certificate?

The conditions are as follows:
  • a permanent fistula (for example, caecostomy, colostomy, laryngostomy or ileostomy) requiring continuous surgical dressing or requiring an appliance
  • a form of hypoadrenalism (for example, Addisons Disease) for which specific substitution therapy is essential
  • diabetes insipidus and other forms of hypopituitarism (where the body does not produce enough of one or more pituitary hormones)
  • diabetes mellitus, (this does not include diabetes which is controlled by diet only)
  • hypoparathyroidism (where the body does not produce enough parathyroid hormone)
  • myasthenia gravis (a rare muscle weakness disorder)
  • myxoedema (that is, hypothyroidism which needs thyroid hormone replacement)
  • epilepsy which needs continuous anticonvulsive therapy
  • a continuing physical disability which means the customer cannot go out without the help of another person; temporary disabilities do not count even if they last for several months
  • undergoing treatment for cancer, including for the effects of cancer or the effects of previous or current cancer treatment. (This condition was introduced on 1 April 2009.)
We aren't medically trained; therefore if you're unsure whether the medical condition you have with fits into one of the conditions listed above, you will need to discuss this further with your GP.

It's important to remember that having the medical condition alone doesn't entitle you to free NHS prescriptions, for this you're required to have a valid Medical exemption certificate.

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