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    NHS - Maternity Exemption Certificates (Matex) & Boots Parent Club

    Not sure if anyone on here is pregnant or expecting fathers or someone you know who is pregnant, you can obtain free nhs prescriptions (£7.10 normally) for 12 months after the birth of your baby. Also, I think you receive free dental treatment for 6 months - 3 prior and 3 months after.

    Further details - follow the link.

    PS. Don't forget to sign up for Boots Parent Club - you receive half-price on certain baby products bootsparentingclub.com/ind…php

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    no you have the dentist bit wrong. Dentist is free while you are pregnant and a year after the birth, prescriptions are free while you are pregnant as well as 12 months after

    pinkkitty2007;2246515

    no you have the dentist bit wrong. Dentist is free while you are pregnant … no you have the dentist bit wrong. Dentist is free while you are pregnant and a year after the birth, prescriptions are free while you are pregnant as well as 12 months after


    Just about to say the same thing! Has to be an NHS dentist - often difficult to find!

    nothing new here my child is 10 and it was free prescriptions and dentist when i had him
    nhsdirect.nhs.uk/art…953

    Sorry this is not a deal - may be better in the info section.

    All midwives and GPs know this and will fill out a form for you called a Mat B1 - it should be standard for all antenatal care

    Voted warm for info but should be moved

    CS

    If getting pregnant is too much trouble to get free prescriptions you could just move to Wales!

    CS

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    LongDongDave;2246647

    Hardly a HOT deal...wouldn't a midwife, GP or single parent on a council … Hardly a HOT deal...wouldn't a midwife, GP or single parent on a council estate impart this information for free?



    Yheah sure... You need a certificate and do you really think that either the midwife or GP would inform you of free prescriptions without asking them? Nope! This is from personal experience...

    Daniel_Saeed;2246692

    Yheah sure... You need a certificate and do you really think that either … Yheah sure... You need a certificate and do you really think that either the midwife or GP would inform you of free prescriptions without asking them? Nope! This is from personal experience...



    Not in my experience. Everyone i know who has had babies was informed of this at their booking in appointment

    Daniel_Saeed;2246692

    Yheah sure... You need a certificate and do you really think that either … Yheah sure... You need a certificate and do you really think that either the midwife or GP would inform you of free prescriptions without asking them? Nope! This is from personal experience...



    Midwives and GPs don't give two hoots about prescription charges - they have nothing to gain from it - and should give you this info. If not get a new GP/midwife

    Original Poster

    captainscarlet;2246680

    Sorry this is not a deal - may be better in the info section. All … Sorry this is not a deal - may be better in the info section. All midwives and GPs know this and will fill out a form for you called a Mat B1 - it should be standard for all antenatal careVoted warm for info but should be movedCS



    I'm sure all midwives and GP's know, but how many actually complete form Mat B1?

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    captainscarlet;2246726

    Midwives and GPs don't give two hoots about prescription charges - they … Midwives and GPs don't give two hoots about prescription charges - they have nothing to gain from it - and should give you this info. If not get a new GP/midwife



    Cheers. I've already complained to the local PCT.

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    pinkkitty2007;2246719

    Not in my experience. Everyone i know who has had babies was informed of … Not in my experience. Everyone i know who has had babies was informed of this at their booking in appointment



    I thought I was an exception but when asking a work colleague (7 months into pregnancy) and she wasn't made aware. So hence the reason for posting here.

    Daniel_Saeed;2246741

    Cheers. I've already complained to the local PCT.



    If you feel you've been badly treated then quite right.

    I'm not trying to defend anyone who has done things wrong but all GPs and midwives I know do know about the Mat B1 and have no problems filling them in.

    Banned

    Daniel_Saeed;2246737

    I'm sure all midwives and GP's know, but how many actually complete form … I'm sure all midwives and GP's know, but how many actually complete form Mat B1?



    If someone is in work, they will always need the Mat B1 form completed. It has to be handed in to the employer for SMP!!

    This was the situation when my daughter was born over 24 years ago, so hardly a hot deal!

    i was aware, this is my third baby but i found out through a dentist during my first pregnancy and have never been told by a midwife though if u read your pregnancy book thsat they now seem to give to first time mums (though i blagged myself a copy) the back states all you are entitled too, as does the birth-to-five book u f=get after the birth of ur first child.

    Hmmm - what a strange idea for a "deal!!" This is normal for any pregnant female but don't think dads are included!!

    I've found the following information that I hope helps.
    No mention of any benefit for fathers though.

    Maternity Exemption Certificates- Frequently Asked Questions Q. When can … Maternity Exemption Certificates- Frequently Asked Questions Q. When can I apply for a Maternity Exemption Certificate? A. You can apply once your pregnancy has been certified by a doctor or midwife, or any time during the twelve months following the birth of your baby. Q. How do I apply? A. You need to apply on form FW8 which will be available form your doctor or midwife. Q. How long will the certificate last? A. Certificates start from the date one month before the date on which we get your application, to twelve months after the expected date of the baby's birth. If your baby is born later than expected you may need to apply for an extension. Q. How long will it take for my certificate to arrive? A. Our Maternity Issue Office will deal with your application. You should expect to receive your certificate within 10 working days of us receiving your application. Q. I paid for some NHS prescriptions before I realised that I was pregnant, is it possible to claim the money back? A. You can only claim money back for any charges that you pay on or after the date on which your doctor or midwife signs the application form FW8 to certify your pregnancy. It is not possible to re-claim any NHS prescription charges paid prior to this date. Q. I am sending off my application form for a Maternity Exemption Certificate today, but I need some prescriptions, will I have to pay? A. You will need to pay for the prescriptions, but ask for the official NHS receipt, form FP57 (WP57 in Wales). The receipt tells you how to claim the money back. You cannot claim a refund unless you obtain the official NHS receipt. Q. I've got my certificate but I've paid for some prescriptions between sending the application and getting the certificate. Can I claim a refund? A. You can claim a refund providing that you obtained the official NHS receipt, form FP57, from you pharmacist. The information about how to claim is shown on the reverse of the receipt. Only in exceptional circumstances can a refund be given without the official NHS receipt.

    should be told straight away.... weird... in preg u could need more meds ..hence free pxns needed...also ur more prone to bleeding gums... so need to have more regular checks with dentist.
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