Free prescriptions for 16 - 25 year olds | Your health and wellbeing | Oldham Council

2. Free prescriptions for 16 - 25 year olds

If you are a care leaver living in Oldham you can now have a free prescription cetrtificate so that you do not need to pay for items prescribed by your doctor.

You do not need to pay for prescriptions if you:

  • are 16 to 18 and in full-time education
  • are pregnant or have had a baby in the previous 12 months and have a valid maternity exemption certificate (MatEx)
  • have a specified medical condition and have a valid medical exemption certificate (MedEx)

Or if you are receiving the benefits below:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance

Free prescription certificate

If you are a care leaver and do pay for your prescriptions, you can get a yearly certificate for free prescriptions if:

  • You are registered with a doctor in Oldham.
  • You are a care leaver and eligible to receive a leaving care service from your originating local authority.
  • You are under 25 years old.
  • You are not already exempt from prescription charges.


To apply for a free prepayment certificate for prescriptions please complete the form below:


If you have any questions about free prescriptions please contact the Safeguarding Team on: