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Prescription costs

For information about help with prescription costs please see here

NHS prescriptions are free of charge for the following groups:

  • are 60 or over
  • are under 16
  • are 16 to 18 and in full-time education
  • are pregnant or have had a baby in the previous 12 months and have a valid maternity exemption certificate (MatEx)
  • have a specified medical condition and have a valid medical exemption certificate (MedEx)
  • have a continuing physical disability that prevents you going out without help from another person and have a valid MedEx
  • hold a valid war pension exemption certificate and the prescription is for your accepted disability
  • are an NHS inpatient

You are also entitled to free prescriptions if you or your partner – including civil partner – receive, or you're under the age of 20 and the dependant of someone receiving:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • Universal credit (and meet the criteria)

If you're entitled to or named on:

  • a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate – if you don't have a certificate, you can show your award notice; you qualify if you get Child Tax Credits, Working Tax Credits with a disability element (or both), and have income for tax credit purposes of £15,276 or less
  • a valid NHS certificate for full help with health costs (HC2)

If you a student please be aware once you turn 19 years of age you are no longer exempt from prescription charges unless you fall into one of the categories above

Prescription costs as of APRIL 2019 are:

Single prescription item £9.00 per item (£17.60 per pair of elastic hosiery)

3-month PPC – £29.10 - this will save you money if you need more than 3 prescribed items in 3 months

12-month PPC – £104.00 - this will save you money if you need more than 12 prescribed items in a year

PPCs are available by 10 monthly direct debit instalment payments. The certificates allow anyone to obtain all the prescriptions they need for £2 a week.

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

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