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Maternity Exemption Card

(26 Posts)
HellaBella0 Tue 13-Mar-18 11:22:56

I filled in the form for a maternity exemption form when I found out i was pregnant (GP didn't want to see me due to lack of appointments and asked me to self refer to hospital which I've done).

This was a few weeks ago but I hadn't received anything so went to the surgery. They said the GP had rejected my form as there was no note of my pregnancy on file and that I'll have to come back once I've had my 12 week scan as proof?

Has anyone else experienced this? I had to pay for some pretty pricey dental work that I thought I'd be exempt for and previously I was told that the exemption is valid from start of pregnancy?

tittletattoo Tue 13-Mar-18 11:47:45

I wasn't able to get my MAT1B form until I was 25 weeks pregnant

Bluesnail Tue 13-Mar-18 11:50:26

I didn't get the form to fill out until my booking in appointment which I had at about 8 weeks pregnant. It took about 2 or 3 weeks for official bit of paper to come back once it had been posted in. If I remember correctly it was signed by my midwife, but I definitely didn't have to wait until my scan to get it.

whampiece Tue 13-Mar-18 11:52:43

It's not the MATB1 confused

I never had to wait either; I would question that decision.

NimbleKnitter Tue 13-Mar-18 11:53:39

My midwife gave me mine at booking in.

Not all dental treatment is free though - only NHS treatment that the dentist deems necessary

chickhonhoneybabe Tue 13-Mar-18 11:55:46

Ask your midwife for the form at your booking in appointment. You can claim any costs for NHS prescriptions or NHS dental work back

www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/exemption-certificates/maternity-exemption-certificates

HellaBella0 Tue 13-Mar-18 12:22:44

Thanks all. No it's not the MATB1, I know i can't get that yet, is the exemption for dental and prescriptions. I've already had my booking appointment and mentioned it but the midwife but she said the GP should give it to me ( I didn't know it had been rejected at that point as just found that out today). Not long to go until my 12 week scan so might just wait now anyway but it's just a bit annoying.

It was nhs dental work so hopefully I'll be able to claim it back

ClareB83 Tue 13-Mar-18 12:33:34

I got the form at my booking appt too. I'd chase them as I don't think the sonographer at your 12 week scan will be able to do anything.

Emma145 Tue 13-Mar-18 13:15:50

My midwife filled in the form at my booking in and I had the card within 2 weeks when I was about 9 weeks pregnant so strange they are making you wait!

IndominousRex Tue 13-Mar-18 13:22:34

When they do issue it they will date the exemption card from one month before the date on which they receive the form. So it may cover your dentistry.

OrangeHorse Tue 13-Mar-18 13:23:09

I think mine was done by my midwife at the booking appointment (around 9 weeks), but she did it wrong and it got sent back to me. I had to chase it up with the GP, was a massive pain. Although you can claim stuff back I think as long as you keep the receipts.

mintich Tue 13-Mar-18 13:27:37

My midwife emailed me an online form, I just had to fill it out and got the certificate emailed to me. (At 8 weeks)

brogueish Tue 13-Mar-18 15:02:42

My midwife filled in the form at booking appt, although I forgot to send it off until after my 16 week appt (mw reminded me because it was still in my notes).

I am pretty sure you can claim your dental fees back.

bathandpjs Tue 13-Mar-18 17:33:45

The day after my BFP I went to my GP. I filled in the form and got the card 1 week or so later. I would have been about 5/6 weeks.

surreygirl1987 Tue 13-Mar-18 18:31:42

I did mine at my midwife appointment at 8 weeks and rece8ved the card in the post 2 weeks later

Katyx3 Tue 13-Mar-18 18:48:06

Mines just a paper form (dentist didn't even ask for it after I constantly reminded myself to take it!!) but couldn't have it signed until after 12 week scan x

MeadowHay Tue 13-Mar-18 19:00:09

My GP did mine when I was 6 weeks as I got HG and needed medications for it so it meant I got the prescriptions free then. However the midwife can do it, I have no idea why your midwife essentially refused, or why your GP is now refusing as clearly there must be a note on file that you're pregnant now? I'd call the midwife and ask them to do it and explain you need it asap.

preggersteach Tue 13-Mar-18 19:54:00

I didn't get mine until my 16 we k appointment and they filled it all in. I had had my 12 week scan obviously and they had given me a letter at the hospital for my gp to say I was pregnant and getting my care at that hospital, maybe they have to wait until then? I got told you don't get prescriptions all the way through but it is from something like week twenty that's why they don't fill the form in earlier

MeadowHay Tue 13-Mar-18 19:59:07

Pregger That is incorrect, you are entitled to the free prescriptions/dental etc as soon as you are pregnant and the GP/midwife can apply for it at any point once they've confirmed you're pregnant. As I said, I got mine about 6 weeks.

OliviaPopeRules Tue 13-Mar-18 19:59:56

Midwife signed mine so not sure why she referred you to the doctor.

whampiece Tue 13-Mar-18 20:03:41

got told you don't get prescriptions all the way through but it is from something like week twenty that's why they don't fill the form in earlier

Who told you? There is not much point posting on here you were told something of it was by your neighbours cats aunties granny. If it was a legitimate source then fair enough.

As it happens it was probably the cat that told you because it's utter nonsense.

You are entitled to an exemption card as soon as you are pregnant. You just need a doctor or midwife to sign confirming said pregnancy.

preggersteach Tue 13-Mar-18 20:14:23

By a pharmacist, I wouldn't put something on for advice/info if it had been someone pretty insignificant like that but thanks.

willdoitinaminute Tue 13-Mar-18 20:19:38

You can claim back your dental charges. Go to the gov.uk site and there is an online form ( I think it is HC5) you can fill in. You will need your receipt from your dentist and your exemption cert when you receive it.
The will need the dates your treatment started and finished the BSA will confirm these with your dentist along with the charge you paid then refund the money.

Eminado Wed 21-Mar-18 13:02:22

May I ask, could you afford this treatment without the maternity exemption?
Ie would you have paid for it if you weren’t pregnant?

Deliverytostore Wed 21-Mar-18 13:20:27

willdoitinaminute is correct. I have done this myself.

also sorry to mention this but if the pregnancy ends in a mc, you can still use the card for the 12 months.
Here's some more info
www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/exemption-certificates/maternity-exemption-certificates

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