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Prescription Charges and Exemptions

Extensive exemption and remission arrangmeents protect those likely to have difficulty in paying charges (NHS prescription, dental charges, optical and hospital travel costs).

The NHS prescription charge is a flat-rate amount which successvie 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 woho need extensive medication.

NHS Charges from1 April 2015

  • Prescrition (per item): £8.20
  • 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £104.00
  • 3-month PCC: £29.10

If you will have 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 PCC.


For futher information / advice telephone 0845 880 0030 or refer to the website




To ensure that people with the greatest need are protected, such as those who are not eligible for free prescriptions but who have long term conditions, we have again frozen the costs of a prescription prepayment certificate (PPC). The 3 month certificate remains at £29.10, and the cost of the annual certificate will remain at £104. An annual certificate means that a person can have all the prescribed items they require during the year dispensed for £2 per week.

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