A Maternity Exemption Certificate is a certificate for expecting mothers and mothers who have borne a child within the previous 12 months. The certificate entitles you to receive free NHS prescriptions and NHS Dental treatment throughout the UK for the duration of the certificate.
A Maternity Exemption application form can be obtained from:
- your GP
- your midwife
- NHS Hospital Doctor
The above professionals have to complete the Maternity Exemption application form which is then sent to the appropriate Practitioner Services Exemptions Department.
The Exemption Department will then process the application form and your exemption certificate will be sent to you by post.
A lost medical / maternity exemption certificate
Please contact the appropriate Practitioner Services Exemption Department in the Medical Contact Details section.
The Exemption Department will send you a duplicate copy of your exemption certificate to you by post.
Is my maternity exemption certificate still valid if my baby is stillborn?
Your certificate is valid if, within the last twelve months, you've given birth to a live child or a child registered as still-born in accordance with the Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages (Scotland) Act 1965.
I have a valid maternity/medical exemption certificate, can I use the certificate anywhere within the United Kingdom?
A valid maternity/medical exemption certificate can be used throughout the UK.
Does my maternity exemption certificate entitle me to free NHS dental treatment?
You can get free NHS dental treatment if, you're pregnant or have borne a child within the 12 months before the treatment starts. Your maternity exemption certificate may be accepted by your NHS Dental Practice as evidence that you're entitled to free NHS Dental treatment.