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).
- Patients who are currently pregnant (form FW8), suffer from a permanent fistula, epilepsy, diabetes (which is not diet alone), myxoedema (Hypothyroidism requiring thyroid hormone replacement), forms of hypoadrenalism (including Addison's disease), myasthenia gravis and any continuing physical disability (form FP92A) are entitled to free prescriptions. The relevant forms are available at the front desk.
- Full time students and patients in the low income group can use the HC1 form to get help with their health 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.
From 1 April 2019, the charges are:
- Prescription (per item): £9.15
- 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £105.90
- 3-month PPC: £29.65
- If you will need to pay for four or more prescription items in three months, or more than 14 items in 12 months, you may find it cheaper to buy a PPC. The charge for a single prescription item is £9.15, whereas a three month PPC will cost you £29.65 and a 12 month PPC £105.90.
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website