Health

If you have specific health needs, your PA will discuss with you how these can be met as part of your Pathway Plan and offer you advice and support on how to access health services. We are working with health services in Solihull to ensure they are able to meet the needs of young people who have left care and that young people are able to access available health services as and when they need them. Your PA will support you to ensure you are registered with a GP and dentist when you leave care. If you want to change your GP or dentist after leaving care your PA will be able to advise you about this.

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You may be eligible for some financial support from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) towards dental

checks / treatment if you are:

  • Aged 16 to 18 years and in full time education.
  • Pregnant or had a baby in the last 12 months.
  • Having treatment as an in-patient, or out patient, at an NHS hospital.
  • Receiving Income Support, Income-Based Employment and Support / Job Seekers Allowance, Universal Credit.
  • On a low income and have a Health Credit Certificate (Known as HC2 or HC3 certificate).

 

 

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You may also be eligible for free eye tests and vouchers towards glasses / contact lenses if you are:

  • Aged 16 to 18 years and in full time education.
  • Receiving Income Support, Income-Based Employment and Support / Job seekers Allowance, Universal Credit.
  • On a low income and have a Health Credit Certificate (this is known as HC2 or HC3 certificate).

For more details look on the DWP website.

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We can give you advice and support about paying for prescriptions but we are not able to pay for the costs of prescriptions for you to get medication. You are eligible

for free prescriptions if you are:

  • Aged 16, 17 or 18 years and in full time education.
  • Pregnant or have had a baby in the last 12 months (you will need an exemption certificate).
  • Have a listed medical condition (you will need a certificate from your GP)
  • Receiving treatment in hospital
  • Receiving Income Support, Income-Based Employment and Support / Job Seekers Allowance, Universal Credit (See DWP website for more details and to confirm current financial support that may be available).

 

 

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If you are on a low income or a student in higher education post 19 years old, you can apply for a Health Credit Certificate known as HC2 or HC3. This will reduce the cost of, or provide free dental and eye checks / treatment as well as prescription charges. This is dependent on your income and needs at the time you apply for support. A certificate can last from 6 months to 5 years depending on your circumstances. To find out more, ask your GP, dentist, optician or ask your PA to help you apply. Also look at theDWP website for more information.