CANCER sufferers in Mid Cheshire are being encouraged to take advantage of a money-saving NHS initiative.
From today, Wednesday, anyone undergoing treatment for cancer, the effects of cancer or the effects of cancer treatment is entitled to apply for an exemption certificate for free prescriptions.
“Central and Eastern Cheshire PCT support the implementation of the exemption of prescription charges,” said spokeswoman Tracey Wright.
“We are pleased this will support the ongoing health and well-being of local people.
“The scheme gives people living with cancer and related conditions one less worry at such a difficult time.”
She added: “We expect the new scheme to benefit up to 150,000 people already diagnosed with cancer, who might pay £100 or more each year in prescription charges.”
Winsford man Gary Steele, who is chairman of the Leighton Hospital Prostate Cancer Support Group, is urging anyone eligible to contact their GP.
“Young women with children will be the ones who’ll really benefit from this, it’ll be a great help,” he said.
“At more than £7 per prescription it can soon mount up.”
Patients can collect an application form from their GP surgery or oncology clinics. The form must be counter-signed by their GP, hospital doctor or service doctor.
Mr Steele said: “If you got your form in before March 24 you’ll be exempt from paying from April 1.
“But don’t worry if you didn’t, because once your application is processed you’ll be reimbursed by the NHS for any prescriptions you pay for previously.”