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You can pick up the leaflet HC11 from your local post office, health centre or pharmacy for information on help with health costs.

Even if you do have to pay for your prescription, buying a pre-paid certificate (3 monthly or yearly) can often be cheaper than paying for each individual prescription (ask at you local pharmacy)

If you run out of your prescribed medication and can't get to the doctor, you can obtain an emergency supply from a pharmacist. This is very useful if you are travelling and also applies abroad. The pharmacist can supply you with up to five days’ medication until you can see a doctor. The pharmacist will only supply the medicines if they are satisfied you are usually taking them and that it would be harmful to you if you were to miss a dose. Keeping a record of your medicines or having a repeat prescription at hand will help in this situation.

Click here to visit NHS Inform for further information.