Get help with prescription costs
NHS prescription costs (as of 1st April 2021)
Prescription prepayment certificates (PPC) are available in England and they can save you money
The current prescription charge is:
£9.35 per item
Save money with a prescription prepayment certificate (PPC)
If you know you’ll have to pay for a lot of NHS prescriptions, it may be cheaper to buy a PPC – effectively a prescription “season ticket”.
A PPC covers all of your NHS prescriptions, including NHS dental prescriptions, no matter how many items you need.
But this doesn’t include other health costs, such as the provision of wigs and fabric supports, which are only provided through the hospital service.
A three monthly PPC is £30.25 and could save you money if you need more than 3 prescribed items in 3 months.
A 12-month PPC is £108.10 and could save you money if you need more than 11 prescribed items in a year.
If you need to access the services below then medicines are free:
- Medicines administered at a hospital or an NHS walk-in centre.
- Prescribed contraceptives.
- Medicines personally administered by a GP.
- Medicines supplied at a hospital or Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) clinic for the treatment of a sexually transmitted infection or tuberculosis.
For more information please visit the NHS Choices website at: https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/help-with-health-costs/save-money-with-a-prescription-prepayment-certificate-ppc/
NHS Low Income Scheme (LIS)
If you have a low income, you may be able to get help with NHS costs through the NHS Low Income Scheme (LIS). Click the link for more information and to download the required forms including the HC1 form.