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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

For information about current prescription exemptions and fees please refer to the NHS Choices website

  • For telephone advice and order line please ring 0300 330 1341
  • You can also save money with a prescription prepayment certificate (PPC).Follow this link to buy or renew a Prescription Pre-payment Certificate (PPC) online

Remember if you are 60 years or older you get free prescriptions.

If you know you’ll have to pay for a lot of NHS prescriptions it may be cheaper to buy a prescription prepayment certificate (PPC). A PPC covers you for all of your own NHS prescriptions. However, this does not include other health costs, for example the provision of wigs and fabric supports which are only provided through the hospital service.There are two PPC options to choose from:
  1. A three month PPC which will save you money if you need more than three prescribed items in three months
  2. A 12 month PPC which will save you money if you need more than 12 prescribed items in a year

These charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.

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