Prescriptions & Medications

NHS Charges

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

  • Prescription (per item): £9.65
  • 12-month Prescription Prepayment Certificate (PPC): £111.60
  • 3-month Prescription Prepayment Certificate: £31.25

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. 

Private Prescriptions from Consultants

What happens if I have a Private Prescription from a Consultant?

If you have been given a private prescription by a consultant you have seen, the Practice will be able to convert this into an NHS prescription under the following circumstances:


  • You have been referred to the consultant by a GP in the Practice, or by another consultant to whom you were originally referred by your GP. 
  • Your GP agrees with the treatment and is prepared to take clinical responsibility for prescribing the drug. This is because any doctor signing a prescription is taking medical responsibility for the effects of the drug, and, in some circumstances, your own GP may not feel happy to do this.


What do I need to do?

Submit a request , via our econsult online service, to change your private presctipion to NHS including a copy of the private prescritption you have been given.  Once received , reviewed and agreed to change to NHS, it will be available to collect from your nominated pharmacy in two working days. 

Please click here and select administrative help. 

Should you not have access to technology, please post your request to the practice. 


What if I think it is urgent to start the medication straight away?

If you feel that you cannot wait for the usual two working days to obtain the prescription from the Practice, you can take the private prescription to any pharmacy which will be able to dispense it for you. You may be able to negotiate with the pharmacy to refund the cost to you once you have obtained the NHS prescription, but this is your responsibility.

Please remember that The Keats Group Practice is an NHS Practice and we are committed to providing the same service to all our patients.





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