Health Costs

If you’re aged 19 or over and receive National Health Service (NHS) treatment you’ll be asked to pay for prescriptions and some health care services unless you meet certain NHS exemption criteria.

Medical Costs

  • prescriptions are £8.80
  • a 3 month Prescription Prepayment Certificate (PPC) costs £29.10 which saves you money if you need more than 3 items in 3 months.
  • A 12 month certificate is £104.00 and saves money if you need more than 12 items in 12 months.

Dental Costs

  • Band 1 covers an examination, diagnosis (eg X-rays), advice on how to prevent future problems, a scale and polish if needed, and application of fluoride varnish or fissure seal.  This costs £21.60
  • Band 2 covers everything listed in Band 1 above, plus any further treatment such as fillings, root canal work or if your dentist needs to take out one or more of your teeth.  This costs £59.10
  • Band 3 covers everything listed in Bands 1 and 2 above, plus crowns, dentures and bridges. This costs £256.50

If you need dental treatment you might be able to register with the University's Dental Hospital. If they’re recruiting patients you could receive free dental treatment.

Help with health costs

You may be eligible to apply for help with the following health care costs:

  • NHS prescriptions
  • NHS dental treatment
  • sight tests, glasses and contact lenses
  • travel to receive NHS treatment
  • NHS wigs and fabric supports

If you’d like to apply for help with any of the above costs you’ll need to complete an HC1 Form (PDF:217KB). If you can’t print the form you can get one from the Student Advice Centre, doctors surgeries, dentists or by calling the Health Costs help line on 0300 330 1343.

You’ll be asked to supply information about your income and expenditure and once you have submitted your HC1 form you’ll be assessed. If you’re eligible for a full exemption you’ll be sent an HC2 certificate. If you’re eligible for a partial exemption you’ll be sent an HC3 certificate which will outline what you’ll need to pay towards your health care costs.

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