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Document How do I apply for a Maternity Exemption (MATEX) certificate to cover my NHS prescriptions?

To apply for a Maternity Exemption certificate (MATEX) ask your doctor, nurse, midwife or health visitor for form FW8. You complete parts 1 and 2 of the form and your doctor, midwife or health visitor signs it to confirm that the information given by you is correct.

You should expect to receive your Maternity exemption certificate within 10 working days of us receiving your FW8 application form.

Your certificate will be valid from one month before the date that your application is received and will last until 12 months after the expected date of birth of your baby.

If you live in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland and require a Maternity Exemption certificate to claim free NHS prescriptions in England you should contact your doctor, nurse, midwife or health visitor regarding the completion of an FW8 (FW8W in Wales or HC11A in Northern Ireland).



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