The NHS prescription fee is currently £9.65 per medicine supplied.
If you need to take medicines regularly you might be able to reduce the cost of doing so by buying a Prescription Prepayment Certificate which is in effect like a season ticket. You can apply for a Prescription Prepayment Certificate:
By telephone on 0845 850 0030 – you need to have a credit card or debit card ready.
By completing form FP95 available from:
- Pharmacies and doctors surgeries.
- The NHS Business Services Authority Help with Health Costs website.
If you pay a prescription charge whilst waiting for a Prescription Prepayment Certificate to be issued, you can get a refund.
To do this you must get a receipt form from the pharmacist (FP57). You must get the receipt form when you pay for your prescription; you cannot get one later. Fill the receipt form in and send it off to claim the refund.
You have to apply for a refund within three months of paying the prescription charge.
You are entitled to free prescriptions if:
- You are aged over 60 or under the age of 16 years
- If you are aged 16, 17 or 18 and in full-time education
- If you are pregnant, or have delivered a baby within the past 12 months and have an exception certificate (see below)
- If you or your partner are in receipt of universal credit, income support, income based job seekers allowance, income related employment and support allowance, pension credit.
- If you have a low income and have form HC2
- Some war pensioners, if treatment is connected with your pensionable disability
- If you have one of the following medical conditions and have an exemption certificate
- You are being treated for cancer
- An underactive thyroid and require medication
- A permanent fistula requiring dressings
- Diabetes mellitus and need medicine to control it
- Diabetes insipidus and other forms of hypopituitarism
- Myasthenia gravis
- Epilepsy and need medicine to control it
- A continuing disability that means that you cannot go our without the help of another person.
For a maternity exemption, when you first see your midwife in connection with your pregnancy you will be given a form to post to obtain your exemption certificate.
If you develop one of the medical conditions noted above we can complete a form for you to post to the NHS to obtain your exception certificate.