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Register by 26 November to vote in the general election on 12 December.

What help will I get with health matters?

You’ll continue to have health assessments annually until your 18th birthday. These will be carried out by the LAC health nurse.

If you’ve specific health needs, your social worker will discuss with you how these can be met as part of your pathway plan and offer you advice and support on how to access health services.

Your health assessment

From the age of 14 you can ask for a copy of your health assessment from the LAC Health Team.

You can either request this from your LAC health nurse at the time of your health assessment or contact the team:

After your final health assessment before you turn 18 you will be sent a health summary which will include your immunisation record, a copy of your last health assessment, how to access a GP, dentist or optician and where to go for health advice and information.

Your social worker will support you to ensure you are registered with a GP and dentist when you move on.

Dental care

You may be eligible for some financial support towards dental checks / treatment if you’re:

  • aged 16 to 18 years in full time education
  • pregnant or have had a baby in the last 12 months
  • having treatment as an in-patient or out-patient at an NHS hospital
  • receiving income support, income based employment and support, or job seekers allowance.
  • on a low income and have a health credit certificate (known as HC2 or HC3 certificate)

Eye care

You may also be eligible for free eye tests and vouchers towards glasses/contact lenses if you’re:

  • aged 16 to 18 and in full time education
  • receiving income support, income based employment and support, or job seekers allowance
  • on a low income and have a health credit certificate (known as HC2 or HC3 certificate)

Prescriptions

We can give you advice and support about paying for prescriptions but we are not able to pay for the costs of prescriptions for you to get medication.

You are eligible for free prescriptions if you’re:

  • aged 16 to 18 and in full time education
  • receiving income support, income based employment and support, or job seekers allowance
  • pregnant or have had a baby in the last 12 months (you will need an exemption certificate from your GP)
  • receiving treatment in hospital

Support for people on a low income

If you’re on a low income you can apply for a health credit certificate known as HC2 or HC3.

This will give you reduced cost, or free dental and eye checks/treatment as well as prescription charges. This is dependent on your income and needs at the time you apply for support. A certificate can last from 6 months to 5 years depending on your circumstances.

To find out more, ask your GP, dentist or optician, or ask your social worker to help you apply.

Mental health support

As a Hackney care leaver you can access mental health support through Hackney’s Clinical Service – Children and Adolescents Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

You can speak to your social worker if you would like support around mental health and wellbeing.

We’ll also support you to transition from CAMHS to support from Adult Services.

Hackney clinicians will also be able to provide information about other local counselling services.

More information and contacts

Turn2us

Web: www.turn2us.org.uk
Freephone: 0808 802 2000 (9am to 8pm Monday to Friday)

Helps people access the money available to them through welfare benefits, grants and other help.

National Care Advisory Service (NCAS)

Web: www.leavingcare.org

The latest news and information on all issues relating to transitions from care and care leavers are available of the NCAS website.

Page updated on: 19 August 2019

Hackney Children and Families Service

Address

Hackney Service Centre
1 Hillman Street
London
E8 1DY

Opening times

  • 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday - except bank holidays