Prescriptions Charges and Exemptions
Exemption arrangements protect those likely to have difficulty in paying charges for NHS prescriptions, dental charges, optical and hospital travel costs.
Certain medical conditions (eg. diabetes, pregnancy) also entitle selected patients to be exempt from paying. The NHS prescription charge is a flat-rate amount which is set by the Government for all those who are not exempt.
Prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs) offer real savings for people who need long term medication. Ask at our reception if you require a PPC application form or use the link above.
NHS Prescription Charges
These charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, prescriptions are free of charge.
- Prescription (per item): £8.20
- 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £104.00
- 3-month PPC: £29.10
If you have to pay for four or more prescription items in three months, or more than 14 items in 12 months, you may find it cheaper to buy a PPC.
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website