Most young people can get free medical advice and access to services including doctors, dentists and opticians. You don’t have to pay for things like prescriptions or spectacles if:
- You are on Income Support or Family Credit.
- You have an exemption certificate for certain medical conditions.
- You are pregnant or have a child under one year old.
- You are under 16 or under 19 and in full time education.
If you want to know more about the NHS and what it offers there is a helpful guide on the NHS website.
If you want advice on a particular medical problem you can contact NHS Direct by telephone on 0845 46 47 or email. We advise you to save the number into your mobile phone. NHS Direct operates a 24-hour nurse advice and health information service, providing confidential information on:
- What to do if you or your family are feeling ill.
- Particular health conditions including sexually transmitted infections.
- Local healthcare services, such as: no appointment needed NHS walk-in centres, late night pharmacies, doctors or dentists.
- Self-help and support organisations.