Prescription Fees

Help with NHS costs

In England, around 90% of prescription items are dispensed free. This includes exemptions from charging for those on low incomes, such as:

  • those on specific benefits or through the NHS Low Income Scheme
  • those who are age exempt
  • those with certain medical conditions
  • More information is available at NHS Choices

NHS Charges

These charges apply in England only. 

Prescription charge type Previous charge (up to 31st March 2023) New charge (1st April 2023 onwards) Increase of
Single charge (per prescription item) £9.65 £9.65 £0.30
HRT PPC (valid for 12 months) N/A £19.30 N/A
3-month PPC £31.25 £31.25 £1.00
12-month PPC £111.60 £111.60 £3.50

If you will have to pay for four or more prescription items in three months or more than 14 items in 12 months, you may find it cheaper to buy a PPC.

If you need to access the services below, the medicines you're prescribed are free:

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