Maternity exemption certificate application process




Click here to find out how to apply.

Practitioners should send completed application forms directly to:

NHS Help with Health Costs
Maternity Exemption
Bridge House
152 Pilgrim Street
Newcastle Upon Tyne

We aim to process applications within three working days of receiving them.  Certificates are valid from one month before the date on which the application is received, until:

  • 12 months after the expected date of the baby's birth; or if the baby has already been born
  • 12 months after the baby's date of birth.


If you have to pay for any prescriptions before your certificate arrives, you may be able to claim a refund.  Ask your pharmacist for an FP57 receipt and refund claim form when you pay. You can't get one later.


Maternity exemption certificates - frequently asked questions