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
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.