Prescriptions Charges and Exemptions

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.

Extensive exemption and remission arrangements protect those likely to have difficulty in paying charges (NHS prescription and dental charges, optical and hospital travel costs).

If you think you may be exempt please ask for a medical exemption form from your pharmacist or doctor.

Prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs) offer real savings for people who need several items of  medication on a regular basis.

You can also speak to your pharmacist for further information.


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

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 .

To order a pre-payment certificate:

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

Useful leaflets and posters

Conditions that could be self-managed and items that should not be routinely prescribed in Primary Care

Medicines that can be purchased without a prescription

Ordering repeat prescriptions online

Be in the know about repeat prescription requests

Repeat prescriptions; requesting your repeat prescriptions