Maternity services and six week baby checks

Having A Baby?

If you find out that you are pregnant, please book an appointment to see a GP who can refer you for antenatal care or alternatively, you can self refer to a hospital of your choice in the locality network which are listed below.

  • North Middlesex Hospital
  • Whittington Hospital
  • Barnet & Chase Farm Hospital
  • Royal Free Hospital
  • University College Hospital

If you go to the hospital website and click their maternity/antenatal section, you will be able to follow the self referral process which is the same as the GP referring you there.

Alternatively, visit our Self-Refer Maternity services page.

How to apply for prescription exemption during pregnancy

If you are pregnant or have had a baby in the last 12 months, you must complete application form FW8 to obtain a maternity exemption certificate. The form is available from doctors, midwives and health visitors.  You are required to complete parts 1 and 2 of the form and your doctor, midwife or health visitor is asked to sign to confirm the information given by you is correct.

Please send the completed application forms directly to:

NHS Help with Health Costs
Maternity Exemption
Bridge House
152 Pilgrim Street
Newcastle Upon Tyne

Certificates are valid from one month before the date on which the application is received, until:

  • 12 months after the expected date of the baby’s birth; or if the baby has already been born
  • 12 months after the baby’s date of birth.


If you have to pay for any prescriptions before your certificate arrives, you may be able to claim a refund.  Ask your pharmacist for an FP57 receipt and refund claim form when you pay. You cannot get one later.