I don't have much advice that hasn't already been written, but I'm still at college so I get my prescrip for free (and I still will after college due to my epilepsy - I get an exemption certificate). My point is, that if you get free prescription, don't be guilty about taking advantage of it! If I didn't have free prescrip then my dressings and antibiotics over the last year would have cost me a bomb! In the NHS (or at least where I live) nurses can do prescriptions for dressings, they just need to get a doctor to sign it. Another point, nurses will be cheeky - asking you to bring your own dressings to appointments. In my opinion, this is naughty, because I've seen the store cupboard and they have plenty.