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Medical exemption

Are you entitled to exemption from prescription costs?

prescription exemption

Conditions entitling you to free prescriptions: 

  • Cancer (also includes treatment for the effects of cancer or treatment for the effects of a current or previous cancer treatment)
  • Fistula (a permanent fistula requiring dressing)
  • Hypoadrenalism such as Addison's disease
  • Diabetes mellitus (Type 1 and Type 2) - except where treatment is by diet alone
  • Diabetes insipidus and other types of hypopituitarism
  • Hypoparathyroidism
  • Myxoedema (underactive thyroid) and other conditions where thyroid hormone replacement is necessary
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Epilepsy (requiring continuous anti-convulsive medication)
  • Continuing physical disability that means you cannot go out without help from another person.

If you have any of the conditions listed above, ask for application form from your GP's surgery. You will need to fill it in and your doctor (or an authorised member of the practice staff) will sign to confirm the information you've given is correct. You will then be sent a Medical Exemption Certificate.

If you have a Medical Exemption Certificate, all your prescriptions are free, whatever the medication is prescribed for.

More information about prescription charges can be found here.

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Royal Berkshire 
NHS Foundation Trust
London Road

0118 322 5111

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    London Road,
    RG1 5AN
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    Tel: 0118 322 5111