Prescription charges

Prescription Exemptions

Certain groups of patients are entitled to free NHS prescriptions. This includes those who are in receipt of certain benefits. Please see the NHS Help with prescription costs webpage for full information on charges and exemptions.

NHS Prescription Charges

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

Prescription (per item): £8.20
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 14 items in 12 months, you may find it cheaper to buy a PPC.

Prescription pre-payment certificate (PPC)

If you know you’ll have to pay for a lot of NHS prescriptions, it may be cheaper to buy a pre-payment certificate which is a fixed cost for all your NHS prescriptions for the time period for which it is valid. For full information please see the PPC information webpage.

Telephone advice and order line 0845 850 0030
General Public – Buy or Renew a PPC On-line

For more information on prescription charges and exemptions please visit the NHS Help with prescription costs webpage