To arrange an appointment with a Money Adviser, please email firstpoint or phone 01905 54 2551.
Students in full-time education who are under the age of 19 are automatically entitled to full help with health costs (except travel costs, in which case they can apply to the Low Income Scheme).
Students aged 19 and over, entering higher education can apply to the NHS Low Income Scheme to see if they qualify for help.
NHS Low Income Scheme
If you have a low income you may be able to get help with NHS costs through the NHS Low Income Scheme.
The scheme covers:
- NHS prescriptions
- NHS dental treatment
- Eye care costs - sight tests, glasses and contact lenses
- Travel costs to receive NHS treatment
- NHS wigs and fabric supports
To apply for help with any of the above costs you need to complete an HC1 Form. You will also need to supply information about your income and living costs. A form can be picked up from the Money Advice bookshelf in Firstpoint, or you can download the HC1 Form here. A form can also be obtained from doctors surgeries, local benefits offices and dentists or by calling the Health Costs help line on 0300 330 1343.
NHS Prescription Costs (@ April 2023)
- The current prescription charge is £9.65 per item
- A three monthly Prescription Prepayment Certificate (PPC) is £31.25 and could save you money if you need 4 or more items in 3 months.
- A 12 month certificate is £111.60 and could save you money if you need more than 12 items in a year
NHS Dental Charges (@ April 2023)
- Band 1 £25.80 - This covers examinations, diagnosis (including X-rays), advice on how to prevent future problems, scale and polish if necessary and preventative care.
- Band 2 £70.70 - This covers everything listed in Band 1, plus any further treatment such as fillings, root canal work or if your dentist needs to take out one or more of your teeth.
- Band 3 £306.80 – This covers everything listed in Bands 1 and 2, plus crowns, dentures, bridges and other laboratory work.