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.
The current charges are:
- Prescription (per item): £8.80
Due to the recent changes in legislation surrounding prescriptions you will be asked to pay the prescription fee of £8.80 per item on the prescription. If you will 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. Please view website for current charges.
Telephone advice and order line 0845 850 0030
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website and information about the changes in prescription fees can be found on the Gov.uk website.