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NHS maternity exemption certificate communications toolkit

Patients who are pregnant or have had a baby in the last 12 months are entitled to free NHS prescriptions with a maternity exemption certificate.

This toolkit has been created to help you provide information about the maternity exemption certificate.

The content includes messaging for:

  • members of the public
  • healthcare professionals, including midwives, health visitors, practice nurses and doctors.

You’ll find a range of digital and social media assets, plus printable posters and leaflets. These resources are all free to download and use.

We hope you will share and display these resources to help us raise awareness of the maternity exemption certificate and prevent patients from receiving a penalty charge.

If you have any queries about the toolkit, please get in touch with the NHS Business Services Authority communications team at