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

From 1 April 2019, the charges are:

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


Student Charges

Prescribed contraceptives are free. You may be able to get your other prescriptions for free through the “NHS Low Income Scheme”. For more information on prescription charges, the NHS Low Income Scheme and to order the HC1 form which you need to fill in if you want to use the scheme go to:

You can also pick up the HC1 form for the Low Income Scheme from the surgery


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