Prescriptions Charges and Exemptions
Extensive exemption and remission arrangements protect those likely to have difficulty in paying charges (NHS prescription and dental charges, optical and hospital travel costs).
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. Prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs) offer real savings for people who need extensive medication.
There is a move by the CCG to try to encourage people where possible to purchase their own medicines where these are available cheaply in supermarkets, shops and pharmacies. These include basic pain killers, hay fever and cough and cold remedies as well as treatments for skin conditions.
If you are entitled to free prescriptions, you may be able to get some pharmacy items free of charge by visiting a participating pharmacist in the Pharmacy First Scheme. A full description of the service is available here. Participating pharmacies are listed here.
These charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.
- Prescription (per item): £8.60
- 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £104.00
- 3-month PPC: £29.10
If you will have to pay for four or more prescription items in three months, or more than 13 items in 12 months, you may find it cheaper to buy a Prescription Prepayment Certificate.
PPCs are available by 10 monthly direct debit instalment payments. The prescription prepayment certificates allow anyone to obtain all the prescriptions they need for £2 per week.
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website