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 Charges

As of 1st April 2021 scripts charges will increase from £9.15 to £9.35 per item.


The Pre-payment certificate is also inceasing,  please go on-line to purchase and search NHS Business Services Authority.

3-month PPC from  £29.65 to  £30.25

12-month PPC From £105.90 to  £108.10

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

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