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.

To read the government announcement regarding increases in prescription charges from 1st May 2024 and to see the full charges list please click here


NHS charges

Please note: We accept payment for medication by card only. No cash or cheques please.

From 1 May 2024, the charges are:

  • 1 item prescription charge – £9.90 
  • 3 month PPC – £32.05; this will save you money if you need more than three prescribed items in three months 
  • 12-month PPC – £114.50; this will save you money if you need more than 12 prescribed items in a year
  • An HRT certificate - £19.80 

PPCs are available by 10 monthly direct debit instalment payments. The certificates therefore allow people  to obtain all prescriptions they need for a small amount each week. 

Find out more about the prescription prepayment certificate.

If you need to access the services below, the medicines you're prescribed are free:

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