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 with diabetes, epilepsy, hypoparathyroidism or continuing physical disability or are undergoing cancer treatment are excempt from prescription charges. Please ask for a FP92A or Applicaiton for free prescription form at reception.
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
- 3-month PPC: £29.65
- A 12 month PPC is £105.90, which is only 8.66 for one or fifteen items a month!
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website