The NHS prescription charge is a flat-rate amount which successive Governments consider 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. Please remember to bring proof of your exemption with you when collecting your medication. This information is recorded on your medical record for future reference.
From 1 April 2016, the charges are:
- Prescription (per item): £8.40
- 3-month PPC: £29.10
- 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £104.00
If you have to pay for 4 or more prescription items in 3 months, or more than 14 items in 12 months, you may find it cheaper to buy a PPC.
Telephone advice and order line 0845 850 0030
Further information about prescription exemptions and fees