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

These charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.

  • Prescription (per item): £9.35 (as of 1 April 2020)
  • 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £108.10
  • 3-month PPC: £30.25

If you will have to pay for four or more prescription items in three months, or more than 13 items in 12 months, you may find it cheaper to buy a PPC. 

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


Dressings for Patients seen in the surgery ( 01 Feb 2018)

The NHS does not fund GPs to supply dressings which are used for patients when they attend the surgery. Until recently we have supplied dressings out of our own funds. However, this is no longer sustainable and with effect from 01 February 2018 we are issuing prescriptions for dressings used in the practice.

Patients who are exempt prescription charges will not notice any change as we can process the prescriptions on behalf of the patient and obtain the dressings required from a pharmacy. ( Patients will required to indicate the reason for exemption ).

Patients who are not exempt prescription charges will be asked to pay a prescription charge which is currently £9.35 for each item or dressing being used at their appointment with the practice nurse.



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