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When you leave hospital you will be given some stoma bags and a prescription for more. Your GP will then give you prescriptions for further supplies. Your stoma care nurse will explain how the system works.
You can give your prescription to your specialist supplier or local chemist. You can choose where you get your bags from and which make of stoma bag you want to use. You need to feel as comfortable as possible when you’re wearing the bags, so it is important to choose the ones that suit you best.
Will there be any costs?
If you live in England, are under the age of 60 and have a permanent stoma you will need to apply for a prescription exemption certificate.You do this by completing form FP92A (obtained from your GP surgery) and returning it to your doctor. Once you have this certificate your prescriptions will be free of charge. You will need to renew this certificate every five years.
You will not be entitled to free prescriptions if you have a temporary stoma and live in England (unless you have been diagnosed with cancer). If you think you will have to pay for three or more prescriptions in three months, or thirteen or more items in twelve months, you may find it cheaper to buy a prescription prepayment certificate (PPC). If you have been told that your stoma may be temporary, please discuss this with your surgeon, stoma care nurse or GP.
Prescriptions in Scotland,Wales and Northern Ireland are free of charge.
Click here for up-to-date information on prescription charges and exemptions.