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.

 

NHS charges

From 1 March 2021, the charges are:

  • The current prescription charge is £9.15 per item (But it does not cover the cost of other health items, such as the provision of wigs and fabric supports, which are only provided through the hospital service)

There are 2 PPC options to choose from:

  • The 3-month PPC costs – £29.65 and will save you money if you need more than 3 prescribed items in 3 months 
  • The 12-month PPC costs – £105.90; and will save you money if you need more than 11 prescribed items in a year

PPCs are available by 10 monthly direct debit instalment payments. The certificates allow anyone to obtain all the prescriptions they need . 

Find out more about the prescription prepayment certificate.

If you need to access the services below, the medicines you're prescribed are free:

There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website

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