As you become older, you're entitled to have certain NHS services for free.
Once you reach the age of 60, you're entitled to:
- free NHS prescriptions
- free NHS sight tests.
Once you reach the age of 65, you're entitled to:
- a free annual flu jab
- a free pneumo jab to protect against pneumonia, septicaemia and bacterial meningitis.
You will also be offered a free shingles vaccination if you are aged 70, 78 or 79. Ask your GP for more information.
NHS cancer screening programme
NHS breast screening programme
This invites women aged between 50 and 70 for screening every three years. This age range is being extended gradually over the next few years so that women aged 47 to 73 are invited. You should receive a leaflet that explains the benefits and risks of breast screening along with your invitation.
If you're aged over 70 you are still entitled to be screened every three years. Simply call your local screening unit to make an appointment.
NHS cervical cancer screening programme
Along with cervical cancer screening for younger women, this programme invites women between the ages of 50 and 64 for screening every five years.
NHS national bowel screening programme
This invites men and women between 60 and 74 to take part every two years. The screening kit, with instructions, is sent to your home and you return it to a laboratory for analysis. People aged over 74 can request a screening kit by calling the bowel screening helpline on 0800 707 6060.