New prescription forms have been introduced to help eligible patients correctly claim free NHS prescriptions and avoid penalty charges.
The suite of FP10 prescription forms have been changed by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA). The exemption boxes on the back of the prescription form(s) have been updated which will make it easier for patients to claim the exemptions to which they are entitled.
The updated FP10 forms include a new exemption box U for patients who are in receipt of Universal Credit and meet the criteria for free NHS prescriptions. Not all benefits entitle people to free prescriptions. Patients can find out if they’re entitled to free NHS prescriptions, NHS dental treatment and help with other NHS costs using the online eligibility checker.
The changes will reduce confusion for patients.
The main changes are:
- A new exemption box U for patients who are in receipt of Universal Credit and meet the criteria for free help with health costs.
- Removal of box X “was prescribed free-of-charge contraceptives” from the paper FP10/FP10DT (token).
- Exemption box G ‘has a War Pension exemption certificate’ has been re-worded to ‘Prescription Exemption Certificate issued by the Ministry of Defence’. This is to better represent the exemption certificates issued by Veterans UK and those entitled to an award under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS).
- Combination of the age exemption boxes A “is under 16 years of age” and C “is 60 years of age or over”. These exemptions will be a single exemption category, A “is 60 years of age or over or is under 16 years of age”.
- Introduction of a new prescriber endorsement ‘FS’ for ‘free supply of sexual health treatment’ to enable prescribers to endorse prescriptions for STIs to indicate to dispensers that the patient should not be charged.
The new paper FP10, and corresponding hospital outpatient prescription forms, will be put into circulation from January 2020.
Prescribers and dispensers are encouraged to continue to use the old FP10 form until stocks of it run out. The NHSBSA will process both old and new versions of the form during the transition period.
Changes are also being made to the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) and prescribing and dispensing systems as soon as possible.
Full guidance and information is available on the NHSBSA website: