I was wondering ???

If I applied for pip can I apply for hc1 as well to help with perscriptions ? . As I've had fibro for 14 years which has effected me and my whole family , so I thought I'd apply for what I think I'm entitled to, as struggled long enough. I'm on preglaban think that's how you spell it, which I had to increase so had to get different doses and co codamol which I take for pain. I also have very high blood preasure so have to take 3 lots x

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  • Morning Huskybike,

    I have had a look at the forms and if I were you I would apply all help is greatly appreciated :) Have you looked at the carers help as well , does a member of your family assist you- have a check through on line help is there and we need to use it :) xgins

  • Hi gins hope your feeling ok today x thanks for your reply. The hc1 form asks if I'm getting any other benefits ie pip so did not know what to put so wrote a note at the back to say am waiting for forms . Yes my husband helps me a lot particularly when I have a bad flare , this one had lasted 3 months . He hovers, washes does his own dinner when he comes in from work . He's so patient with me . He sometimes had to help me dress and get out of the bath as my arms hurt so bad I can't hold on x

  • hello huskybike im glo100 im the same as you sometimes I cnt do anythg around the home my partner also works comes in and ds the same as yr husband wev got 2 good fellows ther hey I hv a prepayment card which I pay 104 pounds every year I hv about 7 things I hv to get on mine so it saves me a lot of money in the long run I had to hv a bath lift in the end that is a godsend to me plus I hv just put in for my pip to how long we will hv to wait a dnt know lets hope we hv some good luck with it hey duc im need if you want a moan same as we al are on this site glad I found it take care glor x

  • Hi Huskybike

    I sincerely hope that you are feeling as well as you possibly can be today?

    Free prescriptions depends on what benefits you are actually receiving. I you do not qualify you can apply to buy an exemption certificate from the NHS. You can pay by direct debit and it costs £10.40 per month and this covers all prescription charges.

    I have pasted the application form link in case this is of use to you? It has all the details about the card.

    apps.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/ppcwebsa...

    Take care and good luck with your PIP application.

    All my hopes and dreams for you

    Ken x

  • As DLA /PIP are not means tested benefits, then i don't think they can be taken into account for free prescriptions. The info should be on the .gov.uk website, i think.

    My husband just picked up my monthly prescription yesterday and i noticed on the label it quoted over £86 to pay! Thats just for 28 days worth! So i could certainly recommend an annual prepayment card which costs £104 pa so it has paid for itself by the beginning of month two!

    It makes feel like moving to Scotland or Wales as they have no prescription charges!

    I have no idea what help you can get with dentist bills or opticians, but there may be some more info on the website above. I do hope you can sort something out as I can certainly agree its costly being unwell! Xx

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