NHS Prescription Charges
Prescription charges in England increased to £8.60 on 1st April 2017.
If you pay the NHS prescription charge for medication please note that sometimes the tablets we prescribe you may be cheaper for you to buy over the counter. Ask the chemist for advice.
Save money with the prescription prepayment certificate (PPC)
Did you know you can save money on your prescription charges?
If you know you’ll have to pay for a lot of NHS prescriptions it may be cheaper to buy a prescription prepayment certificate (PPC) – effectively a prescription 'season ticket'. A PPC covers you for all of your own NHS prescriptions, including dental prescriptions, no matter how many items you need. However, this does not include other health costs, for example the provision of wigs and fabric supports which are only provided through the hospital service.There are two PPC options to choose from:
- A three month PPC costs £29.10 and will save you money if you need four or more items in the three months
- A 12 month PPC costs £104.00 and will save you money if you need more than 14 items in a year
How much can I save?
- If you need two items each month you can save around £100 with a 12 month PPC
- If you need three items each month you can save around £205 with a 12 month PPC
- If you need four items each month you can save around £305 with a 12 month PPC
There are several payment options available. If you choose the 12 month PPC, you can pay for this by 10 monthly direct debit instalments.
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
Some prescription services fall outside the scope of the NHS and therefore attract charges. This includes prescriptions for medication required for travel abroad, such as malaria tablets.