People with sickle cell anaemia should be entitled to an NHS medical exemption certificate

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A life long illness such as sickle cell anaemia should be part of the medical conditions that allows you access to receive free NHS prescriptions via the medical exemption certificate that currently covers other illnesses, such as diabetes and epilepsy. 

What is Sicle Cell Anaemia? (Source: NHS)

Sickle cell disease is the name for a group of inherited conditions that affect the red blood cells. The most serious type is called sickle cell anaemia. Sickle cell disease mainly affects people of African, Caribbean and other races, however in the UK, it's particularly common in people with an African or Caribbean family background.

People with sickle cell disease produce unusually shaped red blood cells that can cause problems because they don't live as long as healthy blood cells and they can become stuck in blood vessels. Sickle cell disease is a serious and lifelong condition, although long-term treatment can help manage many of the problems associated with it.

What are the symptons?

Painful episodes called sickle cell crises, which can be very severe and can last up to a week an increased risk of serious infections anaemia (where red blood cells can't carry enough oxygen around the body), which can cause tiredness and shortness of breath

Treatments for Sickle cell Anaemia?

Daily taking of anti biotics, Hydroxycarbamide and strong pain killers



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