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Free Prescriptions

Prescriptions are FREE if you are:

  • Aged 60 years or over
  • Under 16 years of age
  • Are aged 16,17 or 18 years and in full time education

Prescriptions are FREE is you have

  • Had a baby in the last 12 months and have a valid certificate or you are currently pregnant
  • A valid war pension exemption certificate
  • A listed medication condition (see below) AND have a valid certificate
    • A permanent fistula requiring dressing
    • Forms of hypoadrenalism such as Addison's Disease
    • Diabetes insipidus
    • Diabetes mellitus (expect where treatment is by diet alone)
    • Hypoparathyroidism
    • Myasthenia gravis
    • Myxoedema
    • Epilepsy, requiring regular anti epilepsy medication
    • If, because of a ;permanent disability, you cannot leave home without help
  • A current pre-payment certificate
  • Been prescribed free of charge contraceptives

Prescriptions are FREE if you:

  • Are on income support
  • Receive income based Jobseekers Allowance

NHS charges

These charges apply in England only from April 2017. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.

  • Prescription (per item): £8.80
  • 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £104.00
  • 3-month PPC: £29.10

If you will have to pay for four or more prescription items in three months, or more than 13 items in 12 months, you may find it cheaper to buy a PPC. 

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

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