You can apply for a medical exemption certificate if you have one of the following medical conditions:
- 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 and other forms of hypopituitarism
- diabetes mellitus, except where treatment is by diet alone
- 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
- cancer and are undergoing treatment for either:
- the effects of cancer
- the effects of cancer treatment
These are the only conditions that entitle you to a medical exemption certificate. However, if you’re not sure about the name of your condition, speak to your doctor.
Check you’re eligible for free prescriptions
There’s a simple way to find out if you’re eligible for free NHS prescriptions and any help with other NHS costs.
For more information on
- How to apply
- Refunds of prescription charges
- Replace or renew your certificate
- Change of circumstances
- Information in different languages
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