HEALTH

Dental Care

You may be eligible for FREE (or some financial support) dental checks / treatment if you are:

  • Aged 16 to 18 years and in full time education.

  • Pregnant or had a baby in the last 12 months.

  • Having treatment as an in-patient, or out patient, at an NHS hospital.

  • Receiving Income Support, Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance / Jobseekers Allowance, Universal Credit.

  • On a low income and have a Health Credit Certificate (Known as HC2 or HC3 certificate)

Optical Care

You may also be eligible for free eye tests and vouchers towards glasses / contact lenses if you are:

  • Aged 16 to 18 years and in full time education.

  • Registered as partially sighted or blind

  • Receiving Income Support, Income-Related  Employment and Support Allowance / Jobseekers Allowance, Universal Credit.

  • On a low income and have a Health Credit Certificate (known as HC2 or HC3 certificate).

We are working with health services in Solihull to ensure they are able to meet the needs of young people who have left care and that young people are able to access available health services as and when they need them.

If you have specific health needs, your PA will discuss with you how these can be met as part of your Pathway Plan and offer you advice and support on how to access health services.

Your PA will support you to ensure you are registered with a GP and dentist when you leave care. If you want to change your GP or dentist after leaving care your PA will be able to advise you about this.

Prescriptions

 

We can give you advice and support about paying for prescriptions, but we are not able to pay for the costs of prescriptions for you to get medication.

You are eligible for free prescriptions if you are:

  • Aged 16 to 18 years and in full time education.

  • Pregnant or have had a baby in the last 12 months (you will need a maternity exemption certificate).

  • Have a listed medical condition (you will need a certificate from your GP)

  • Receiving treatment in hospital

  • Receiving Income Support, Income-Related  Employment and Support Allowance/ Jobseekers Allowance, Universal Credit 

  • Have a Health Credit Certificate (Known as HC2 or HC3 certificate)

Support on a Low Income

If you are on a low income or a student in higher education (post 19 years old), you can apply for a Health Credit Certificate known as HC2 or HC3. This will reduce the cost of, or provide free dental and eye checks / treatment as well as prescription charges. This is dependent on your income and needs at the time you apply for support.

A certificate can last from 6 months to 5 years depending on your circumstances.

To find out more, ask your GP, dentist, optician or ask your PA to help you apply.

You can find lots of information on the NHS website - Help with health costs

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