Prescription Charges and Exemptions

Extensive exemption and remissions arrangements protect those likely to have difficult 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.  From April 1st 2021, the NHS charge for a single prescription item will be £9.35.


Prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs) offer real savings for people who need extensive medication. If you are on 2 monthly medications or more it is more cost effective to purchase a PPC and the charges of these are:


3 Month PPC                  £30.25

12 Month PPC                £108.10



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