Asda launches free prescription delivery service so vulnerable shoppers can get medicines to their door

VULNERABLE Asda shoppers can now get their prescription delivered to their door for free.

The supermarket has today launched the free delivery service across all of its 255 pharmacies to help shoppers self-isolating, or those less able to get into stores.

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Asda is delivering prescriptions for free to vulnerable customers
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It will see uncollected prescriptions delivered for free from this weekend.

The supermarket admits is has a backlog of medication to dispense.

But the service is only for those with an existing prescription set-up with Asda, and for those who are vulnerable.

Asda is determining this by those who get a free prescription.

Can I get a free NHS prescription?

YOU can get free NHS prescriptions if, at the time the prescription is dispensed, you:

  • are 60 or over
  • are under 16
  • are 16 to 18 and in full-time education
  • are pregnant or have had a baby in the previous 12 months and have a valid maternity exemption certificate (MatEx)
  • have a specified medical condition and have a valid medical exemption certificate (MedEx)
  • have a continuing physical disability that prevents you going out without help from another person and have a valid medical exemption certificate (MedEx)
  • hold a valid war pension exemption certificate and the prescription is for your accepted disability
  • are an NHS inpatient

You’re also entitled to free prescriptions if you or your partner (including civil partner) receive, or you’re under the age of 20 and the dependant of someone receiving:

  • Income support
  • income-based jobseeker’s allowance
  • income-related employment and support allowance
  • Pension credit guarantee credit
  • Universal Credit and meet the criteria

If you’re entitled to or named on:

  • a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate – if you do not have a certificate, you can show your award notice. You qualify if you get child tax credits, working tax credits with a disability element (or both), and have income for tax credit purposes of £15,276 or less
  • a valid NHS certificate for full help with health costs (HC2)

In England, you can get a free prescription depending on your age, your medical condition, and your income.

See the box above for the full list of eligible criteria.

Prescriptions normally cost £9.15 after rising in price on April 1.

Households in Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales don’t have to pay for prescriptions at all.

For those who can get to stores, Asda pharmacies are still operating, although opening hours and services offered may have changed.

It is, however, still dispensing prescriptions, selling over-the-counter medicines, and offering general advice on minor ailments and common conditions

You can find the most up-to-date information on Asda’s store locator.

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Faisal Tuddy, superintendent pharmacist at Asda said: “We want to do everything we can to help our customers during this time, so we felt it necessary to offer a free prescription delivery service to our customers who are self-isolating or less able to get into our stores.

“We are pleased to announce this service will be available from today, and we hope to get the backlog of vital medication to our customers’ homes over the coming days.”

The move comes as Boots revealed it’s closing 60 of its quietest stores and redeploying pharmacists to busier shops.

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