The NHS prescription charge is a flat-rate amount which successive Governments have thought it reasonable to charge for those who can afford to pay for their medicines.
Extensive exemption and remission arrangements protect those likely to have difficulty in paying charges (NHS prescription and dental charges, optical and hospital travel costs). If you think you may be exempt please ask for a medical exemption form from your pharmacist or doctor.
Prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs) offer real savings for people who need several items of medication on a regular basis. You can also speak to your pharmacist for further information.
- Prescription (per item): £9.15
- 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £105.90
- 3-month PPC: £29.65
If you will have to pay for four or more prescription items in three months, or more than 15 items in 12 months, you may find it cheaper to buy a PPC .
To order a pre-payment certificate:
Telephone advice and order line 0845 850 0030
General Public – Buy or Renew a PPC On-line
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website
Here are links useful leaflets and posters:
Conditions that could be self-managed and items that should not be routinely prescribed in Primary Care
Medicines that can be purchased without a prescription
Ordering repeat prescriptions online
Be in the know about repeat prescription requests