Prescriptions & Medications

NHS Charges

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

  • Prescription (per item): £9.15
  • 12-month Prescription Prepayment Certificate (PPC): £105.90
  • 3-month Prescription Prepayment Certificate: £29.65

If you 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.

  • Buy a Prescription Prepayment Certificate here
  • Telephone advice and order line: 0845 850 0030

Prescription Charge Exemptions

Help with NHS costs

In England, around 90% of prescription items are dispensed free. This includes exemptions from charging for those on low incomes. This includes: 

  • Those on specific benefits or through the NHS Low Income Scheme
  • Those who are age exempt
  • Those with certain medical conditions

Find out here if you are entitled to free prescriptions. 

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