Prescription Charges

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

Prescription charges have increased from 1st April 2019 to £9.

Buy an NHS Prescription Prepayment Certificate

Save money on NHS prescriptions by prepaying for them.

You can pay a set price for prescriptions for 3 or 12 months, no matter how many you need.

A prescription costs £9 per item, but prepaying for an unlimited number of prescriptions is:

  • £29.10 for 3 months
  • £104 for 12 months (or 10 Direct Debit instalments of £10.40)

Telephone advice and order line 0845 850 0030

General Public - Buy or Renew a PPC On-line.

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