Prescription Fees

In England, NHS prescriptions are charged per item. As of April 1, 2014, each item costs £8.20.

Prescription prepayment certificates (PPC) are available in England and they can save you money.

A three monthly PPC is £29.10 and could save you money if you need more than three prescribed items in three months.
A 12-month certificate is £104.00 and could save you money if you need more than 12 prescribed items in a year.
PPCs are available by 10 monthly direct debit instalment payments. The prescription prepayment certificates allow anyone to obtain all the prescriptions they need for £2 per week.
You can apply for a PPC using this PPC online application  or you can do so by calling 0845 850 0030.

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.


There are some services, such as certain malaria prophylaxis, that are not available on the NHS and you will be required to pay in order to receive these.  You can find the full list of charges here .