Prescription fees

Prescription Charges and Exemptions

Extensive exemption and remission arrangements protect those that may have difficulty in paying any charges due. (These include 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 where people can afford to pay for their medicines. Prescription prepayment certificates (PPC’s) offer real savings for people who need extensive medication.

NHS Charges

From 1 April 2019, the charges are:

Prescription (per item) £9

  • A 3 monthly PPC is £29.10 This saves you money if you need four or more items in three months
  • A 12 monthly certificate is £104 and saves you money if 13 or more items are needed in 12 months
  • PPC’s are available by 10 monthly direct debit payments.

The following medicines are free:

  • Medicines administered at a hospital or NHS walk-in centre

  • Prescribed contraceptives

  • Medicines personally administered by a GP

  • Medicines supplied at a hospital or Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) clinic for the treatment of a sexually transmitted infection or tuberculosis.