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.

If one needs to pay for four or more prescription items in three months or more than 14 items in 12 months, it can be cheaper to buy a Prescription Prepayment Certificate (PPC). PPCs offer real savings if you need extensive medication.

From 1 April 2015, the charges are:

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

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

  • Telephone advice: 0845 850 0030
  • On-line orders: Buy or Renew a PPC Online

Private Prescriptions

Please note that private prescriptions cannot always be transferred to NHS prescriptions. Please make an appointment to discuss this with a GP and bring the letter from your private consultant/physician stating what medications they would like you to have.