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Prescriptions Charges and Exemptions

Extensive exemption and remission arrangements protect those likely to have difficulty in paying charges (NHS prescription and dental charges, optical and hospital travel costs).

The NHS prescription charge is a flat-rate amount which successive Governments have thought it reasonable to charge for those who can afford to pay for their medicines.

It is currently £9.00 for each prescribed item (correct as of 21/9/18), which means that there is a charge for each different drug or medical appliance on your prescription.

Certain patients are exempt from prescription charges. Please see this link for more information. 

You can obtain the form to apply for maternity exemption (FW8) from reception. Once you have completed this please hand it back to reception for the doctor to sign.


You can also obtain a FP92A form from reception to complete if you have a medical condition which entitles you to free prescriptions. Please check here to see if you are eligible before requesting the form. Please note that patients on treatment for hypothyroidism should tick the 'Myxoedema' box and NOT the 'Hypoparathyroidism' box.


If you have to pay for your prescriptions and are taking several medications it is likely to be more cost-effective for you to apply for a prescription pre-payment certificate. More information on this can be found here along with a link to the application form.

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