Prescription Fees & Exemptions
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.
From 1 April 2017, the charges are:
Prescription (per item): £8.60
3-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £29.10
12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £104.00
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.
Telephone advice and order line for PPC - 0300 330 1341
There are extensive exemption and remission arrangements to protect those likely to have difficulty in paying charges NHS prescription and dental charges, optical and hospital travel costs, please ask reception for details on these exemptions. Please note that patients in full time education will be eligible for prescription payment from their 19th birthday.