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. 

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