Prescriptions Charges and Exemptions
NHS prescription charges
From 1 April 2021, the standard charges are:
- Single item on prescription – £9.35 per item
- Three-month prescription payment certificate (PPC) – £30.25; this will save you money if you need more than three prescribed items in three months
- Twelve-month prescription payment certificate (PPC) – £108.10; this will save you money if you need more than 12 prescribed items in a year
There are several payment options available. If you choose the 12-month PPC, you can pay for this upfront, or by 10 monthly direct debit instalments.
Find out more about the prescription prepayment certificate.
If you need to access the services below, the medicines you're prescribed are free:
- medicines administered at a hospital or an NHS walk-in centre
- prescribed contraceptives
- medicines personally administered by a GP or provided via a patient group direction (PGD) (this includes all routine vaccinations but not travel or employment vaccinations)
- medicines supplied at a hospital or clinical commissioning group (CCG) clinic for the treatment of a sexually transmitted infection, tuberculosis, or a mental health disorder for those subject to a supervised community treatment order
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website