Prescriptions Charges and Exemptions

You can get free NHS prescriptions if, at the time the prescription is dispensed, you:

  • are age 60 or over
  • are under the age of 16
  • are age 16 to 18 AND in full-time education
  • are pregnant or have had a baby in the previous 12 months AND have a valid maternity exemption certificate (to get one, please ask your midwife or contact the practice)
  • have a specified medical condition AND have a valid medical exemption certificate (to get one please contact the practice)
  • have a continuing physical disability that prevents you going out without help from another person AND have a valid medical exemption certificate (to get on please contact the practice)
  • hold a valid war pension exemption certificate AND the prescription is for your accepted disability
  • are an NHS hospital inpatient
  • in receipt (or your partner is in receipt of) income support, income-based jobseeker's allowance, income-related employment and support allowance, pension credit guarantee credit, or universal credit and meet their criteria

If you do not fall into one of the above categories then you will have to pay a charge for your NHS prescription.

If you need help to pay healthcare costs you may be eligible to receive financial help through the NHS Low Income Scheme. Please contact the practice and we will send you a HC1 form which you can complete and send off.

To find out more information about NHS prescription charges and the various exemptions please visit: www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/help-with-health-costs/get-help-with-prescription-costs/

There is a charge for patients to get private prescriptions. The reason for this is that private prescriptions do not fall into the practices General Medical Services contract.

The charge per PRESCRIPTION will be £15.00.

You should pay this fee at reception.

Pharmacy

The price of each individual medicine is displayed during the order process. You will be charged per tablet/unit of medicine. In England all NHS prescriptions cost £9.15 from a pharmacy, and all private prescriptions have a minimum order value of £5.00 per item on top of the script fee of £15.00, irrespective of the quantity of the particular item. 

Q&A:

What is the difference between an NHS prescription and a private prescription?

  • Cost - an NHS prescription is much cheaper 
    An NHS prescription costs £9.15 which includes the cost of the doctor issuing the prescription and the cost of the medication subsidised by the NHS.
    A private prescription, you pay the full cost of the medication. In addition, you must now also pay a fee of £15.00 to the practice for the script, on top of the prescription fee.

  • Availability - not all treatments are available on an NHS prescription

Do all practices charge a script fee to issue private prescription?

Not all GP practices charge a fee for issuing a private prescription. It will depend on whether private prescriptions fall into the practices General Medical Services contract.
However the standard fee for a GP practice to issue a prescription privately ranges from approximately £15.00 - £20.00
With a private clinic, the fees start from £50 upwards.

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