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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.

NHS charges

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

  • Prescription (per item): £9.00
  • 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £104
  • 3-month PPC: £29.10

If you have 2 or more prescription a month you will save money by having a PPC

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


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Please find attached information leaflets about 'Pain Symptoms' & 'Pain Medicine' - Community pharmacists can offer advise on how to treat your pain and many treatments are available for little cost. 


Guidance on using pain killers .pdf

Pain Information leaflet.pdf 







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