Prescriptions, Dental and Optician's Charges

Who is entitled to free prescriptions?

    All patients registered with a Welsh GP, who get their prescriptions from a Welsh pharmacist, will be entitled to free prescriptions.

    Welsh patients who have an English GP and who get their prescriptions from a Welsh pharmacist will still be entitled to free prescriptions. They will need to present their prescription with an accompanying entitlement card.

    Along with free prescriptions, you can also get help with charges for wigs and appliances. Patients who receive these services from an English NHS Trust should have their costs met by their Local Health Board.

    Patients who have given birth in the last 12 months.

    Patients who are getting Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Related Employment Support Allowance or Pension Credit.

For more information please contact the NHS in Wales at Health in Wales.

Optician charges

You have to pay for eye tests, glasses and contact lenses. But some people can get free eye tests and vouchers towards the cost of glasses or contact lenses. This includes:-

    all children under 16

    some young people under 19

    people aged 60 or over

    people with certain eye conditions

    people entitled to certain benefits

    anyone else on a low income.

Help with sight tests

You will be entitled to free NHS sight tests if you:-

    are getting Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Related Employment Support Allowance or the guarantee credit of Pension Credit. Your partner and children will also be entitled to free tests. If you are getting Working Tax Credit and/or Child Tax Credit, you may be entitled to free NHS sight tests, depending on your income.

    are under 16

    are under 19 and in full-time education

    are 60 or over

    need complex lenses

    are registered blind or partially sighted

    have diabetes or glaucoma.

To apply for assistance with optician charges and dental inspections if you are over 25, or to apply for assistance with optician charges if you are under 25, you must complete an HC1 form (available from the Health Centre or your GP's Surgery).

Once your claim has been assessed you will receive an HC2 which will detail your entitlement to assistance, if any.

Where to get further information

The University of South Wales Health Centre

Telephone: 01443 482081