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Surgical Appliances


During a patient's Orthotic or Appliance appointment the outcome of your consultation may result in a patient being prescribed an item that may incur a prescription charge.

From 1 April 2015 Prescription charges for the following will be:

Item Price
Support Stockings (each) £8.40
Support Tights (per pair) £16.10
Stock Modacrylic wig £68.90
Partial wig - human hair £182.50
Full bespoke wig - human hair £266.90
Abdominal support  £42.20
Spinal support £42.20
Surgical brassiere £27.90

Patients claiming exemption from any charge will need to complete a relevant HSA5 - Supply of Drugs & Elastic Hosiery or a WF1 - Supply of Wigs and Fabric Supports, form and bring this to the appointment along with proof of the exemption claimed.

Please also note that a prescription charge for both wigs and fabric supports will be levied on all patients over 60 unless the criteria stated on the form are met.

If a patient is claiming exemption on any other grounds, relevant proof will also need to be shown.

It is Trust policy that no items will be issued unless payment is received or proof of exemption is shown at every appointment where an item is to be issued to a patient.

Payment of a prescription charge can be made by cheque, payable to West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, cash or credit/debit card.

For more information about help with health costs please contact the Health Cost advice line on 0845 850 1166. Alternatively advice on help with healthcare costs can be found from the NHS Choices web site

Patients may be entitled to help or may be exempt from prescription charges. Please ask for details.

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