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Digital maternity exemption service

If you're a midwife, practice nurse, or health visitor you can register online to issue maternity exemption certificates on behalf of new or expectant mothers.
Mothers will get their digital exemption certificate straight away if they have given you an email address.

You need an NHSmail address to register online.

Register

If you've already registered, you can sign in to issue certificates.

Sign in

Registering without NHSmail

To register without an NHSmail address, your organisation’s email must:

Ask your IT department if your organisation’s email meets these requirements. If it does, email us at nhsbsa.healthcosts@nhs.net. We will process your registration and send you your login details.

You’ll need to include your:

  • name
  • NMC or GMC number
  • organisational email address

We'll use these details to verify your professional identity.

I'm a GP registered with the General Medical Council (GMC)

Due to the way we currently verify healthcare professionals, GPs cannot self-register online for this service. If you're a GP, you can still use the online service, but we will handle your registration.

To get registered, email nhsbsa.healthcosts@nhs.net and include your:

  • name
  • GMC number
  • NHSmail address (an email address ending with @nhs.net)

We'll use these details to check your professional identity.

Once we've confirmed your identity, we'll register you and send you the login details. You'll then be able to issue maternity exemption certificates on behalf of your patients.

If you're changing roles or leaving the NHS

If you no longer need to use the service email nhsbsa.healthcosts@nhs.net.

Information to give to mothers using the service

Your digital maternity exemption certificate:

  • entitles you to free NHS prescriptions
  • proves you're entitled to free NHS dental treatment

You should still complete the patient declaration to confirm you do not need to pay for your NHS prescriptions or dental treatment.

Show the pharmacist or dentist your digital certificate on your smartphone or tablet, or take your printed hard copy with you. 

Contact us if:

  • your midwife or GP completed your application more than 24 hours ago but you haven’t received your certificate by email – check your spam, junk or promotions folders first
  • you have lost or deleted your digital certificate
  • any of the details on your certificate are incorrect or have changed

Telephone: 0300 330 1341

Find out about call charges

Email: nhsbsa.ppc1@nhsbsa.nhs.net

Digital process - if the mother provides an email address

  1. Complete the online application form. If the mother is with you, ask her to check that the details are correct before submitting.
  2. The mother gets her digital certificate by email.

Digital process - if the mother does not provide an email address

  1. Complete the online application form. If the mother is with you, ask her to check that the details are correct before submitting.
  2. The mother gets her certificate through the post within 10 working days.