Prescriptions Charges and Exemptions
Please Note the new Prescription Charge from 1 April 2018 will be £8.80.
The NHS prescription charge is a flat-rate amount per item which the Government sets annually. The practice for Dispensing patients collects these payments and they are passed to the NHS Prescription service.
Prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs) offer real savings for people who need extensive medication.
Extensive exemption and remission arrangements protect those likely to have difficulty in paying charges (NHS prescription and dental charges, optical and hospital travel costs).
These charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.
- Prescription (per item): £8.80
- 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 PPC.
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website