Prescription Fees

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.

When going abroad you can take your NHS medications with you.

Please visit the NHS website for the latest Prescription Charges

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


Further Information 

HRT Prepayment Certificates

Could you benefit?
As of 1st April 2023 the HRT prepayment certificate (PPC) is available to buy online. This has the potential to save money for women who currently pay for their HRT prescriptions.

Who won't benefit?
If you don't currently pay prescription charges or have an NHS PPC because you take other medication you will not benefit from an HRT PPC

How do I use an HRT PPC?
You should inform the pharmacy or dispensary when collecting your HRT medication, they may ask for your certificate number so please have this ready. 

It is extremely important that if you have an HRT PPC, HRT prescriptions are on a separate prescription to any other prescriptions you take. If not you will still have to pay a prescription charge. Therefore, we ask that if you have an HRT PPC and order your prescriptions electronically (Using the NHS app or equivalent) you request your HRT medication separately to any other medication you require. This will ensure 2 seprate prescriptions are generated.

Further info, including the types of HRT covered and how to buy a PPC

You may find the following video produced by eGPLearning helpful.