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.
Medical Exemption Forms/Certificates
A Medical Exemption Form/Certificate entitles you to free NHS prescriptions only.
Medical Exemptions forms are available to collect from both surgeries for patients with certain medical conditions.
A list of these are:
- A permanent fistula (for example caecostomy, colostomy, laryngostomy or ileostomy) requiring continuous surgical dressing or requiring an appliance.
- Epilepsy for which you need continuous anti-convulsion therapy.
- Diabetes mellitus and treatment is not just diet alone.
- Myxoedema (that is, Hypothyroidism requiring thyroid hormone replacement)
- Diabetes insipidus or other forms of hypopituitarism
- Forms of hypoadrenalism (including Addisons disease) for which specific substitution therapy is essential.
- Myasthenia gravis
- A continuing physical disability which means you cannot go out without the help of another person.
- Undergoing cancer treatment
PLEASE ENSURE YOU HAVE A VALID MEDICAL EXEMPTION CARD WHEN OBTAINING YOUR PRESCRIPTION FROM THE PHARMACY IN ORDER TO AVOID A FINE.
These charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.
- Prescription (per item): £9.15
- If you will have to pay for four or more prescription items in three months, or more than 15 items in 12 months, you may find it cheaper to buy a PPC.
- Telephone advice and order line 0845 850 0030
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website