For people who have to pay prescription charges and need regular medication, valuable savings can be made through the Prescription Pre-payment Certificate (PPC) scheme. Current charges plus other information can be obtained by accessing the NHS Business Services Authority website at www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk or asking at reception. Similarly, there are medical exemption certificates available for people with certain conditions, including epilepsy and diabetes (except where treatment is by diet alone), that provide an entitlement to free prescriptions and avoid the need to buy a PPC. There is also an NHS Low Income Scheme that provides a 'safety net' for people who don't automatically qualify for help with health costs, but who still find it difficult to pay. Application is made via claim form HC1 or by speaking with an advisor on 0845 850 1166.
Expert Benefits Advice for High Weald Lewes Havens CCG patients
Citizens Advice in Lewes and Wealden have been providing Expert Money Advice for patients registered with a High Weald Lewes Havens GP since 1st October 2016.
Patients can refer themselves directly to the service via the routes below:
• by phone - ADVICELINE 03444 111444
• via email at www.eastsussexcab.co.uk
• or drop in at the Citizens Advice offices in:
Lewes The Barn 3 North Court LEWES, East Sussex BN7 2AR
Crowborough Croham Lodge Croham Road, CROWBOROUGH, East Sussex TN6 2RH
Uckfield The Hub Civic Approach, Uckfield East Sussex TN22 1AL
The websites for both services give their opening times:
Patients can refer themselves directly to the service.