Prescription Costs

Find out about current prescription charges here – this is normally charged by the pharmacy on each prescription item, except prescribed contraceptives.

Free Prescriptions

Depending on your circumstances, you may be entitled to free prescriptions.  Currently, you are entitled to free prescriptions if you:

  • Are aged 60 or over
  • Are aged under 16
  • Are aged 16 to 18 and in full-time education
  • Are pregnant, or have had a baby in the previous 12 months, and have an exemption certificate
  • Have a listed medical condition and have an exemption certificate
  • Receive certain government credits or allowances

For more information on eligibility and how to apply for exemption certificates, visit Free or Reduced Cost Prescriptions.


Help with Prescription Costs (NHS Low Income Scheme)

If you do not qualify for free prescriptions, you may still be entitled to help with NHS charges if you are on a low income.  This is provided through the NHS Low Income Scheme.


Prescription Prepayment Certificates

If you regularly receive a number of prescription items, you may be able to save money by purchasing a Prescription Prepayment Certificate (PPC).  More information about the current cost of a PPC and how much you could save can be found at NHS Choices: Prescription Prepayment Certificates.