Cost of living support

Help with NHS costs

NHS Low Income Scheme

If you have a low income, the NHS Low Income Scheme could help you pay for:

  • NHS prescription charges
  • NHS dental treatment charges
  • the cost of sight tests, glasses and contact lenses
  • the cost of travelling to receive NHS treatment
  • NHS wigs and fabric supports (check with your hospital for their arrangements for supplying NHS wigs)

You can apply for the scheme as long as your savings, investments, or property (not including where you live) do not exceed the capital limit.

Any help you are entitled to is also available to your partner and any young dependant young people. If you need help making your claim, call NHS Low Income Scheme Customer Contact Team on: 0300 330 1343 or visit the NHS website.

Prescription Prepayment Certificate (PPC)

It can be cheaper to buy a prescription prepayment certificate (PPC) if you need to pay for multiple prescriptions. A 3 or 12 month PPC covers all your prescriptions for that period, no matter how many you need.

For more information, please visit the prescription prepayment certificate (PPC) page on the NHS website, or if you would like to order a PPC by phone you can call 0300 330 1341

Hormone Replacement Therapy Prescription Prepayment Certificate (HRT PPC)

You can buy an HRT PPC for a one-off payment. The HRT PPC covers an unlimited number of certain HRT medicines for 12 months, regardless of why they are prescribed.

For more information visit the HRT PPC page on the NHS website or call HRT PPC for more help and support on 0300 330 2089

Healthy Start

If you're more than 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under 4, you may be able to get help with healthy food, milk and vitamins. Please visit the Apply for Healthy Start website.

Further help and information

Turn2us is a useful website that can explain what help you may be entitled with health costs.

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