This website uses cookies to function correctly.
You may delete cookies at any time but doing so may result in some parts of the site not working correctly.

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 Prescription Charges from April 2017

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

  • The current prescription charge is £8.60 per item.

  • A three monthly PPC is £29.10 and could save you money if you need more than three prescribed items in three months.

  • A 12-month certificate is £104.00 and could save you money if you need more than 12 prescribed items in a year.

If you will have to pay for four or more prescription items in three months, or more than 15 items in 12 months, you may find it cheaper to buy a PPC.

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

Call 111 when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergencyNHS ChoicesThis site is brought to you by My Surgery Website