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 2017
- The current prescription charge is £8.60 per item (£17.20 per pair of elastic hosiery).
- A three monthly PPC is £29.10and could save you money if you need more than three prescribed items in three months.
- A 12-month certificate is £104.00and could save you money if you need more than 12 prescribed items in a year.
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website
Exemption from charges are available for people who have certain chronic diseases (e.g diabetes) or conditions (pregnancy) . You can pick up an exemption form from the surgery. This will need to be filled out, confirmed by the GP and sent away. You will be sent a prescriptions exemption card.
Please not exemption cards are not issued by the surgery.