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. Prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs) offer real savings for people who need extensive medication.
- Prescription (per item): £8.80*
- 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £104.00 (direct debit instalments of £10.40 for 10 months)
- 3-month PPC: £29.10
- If you 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. The charge for a single prescription item is £8.80, whereas a three month PPC will cost you £29.10 and a 12 month PPC £104.00.
*Please note that as of £1 April 2019 the single prescription charge is set to rise to £9.00. However, whilst the single charge is increasing by 20p, the prescription prepayment certificates (PPC) cost will remain the same. This is to ensure that those with the greatest need, those not exempt from the cost of prescription, are protected.
The quickest way to buy a PPC is online but you can also get them from a pharmacy that is registered to sell them and by telephone.
The local pharmacies that are registered to sell PPC's are:
- Lloyds Pharmacy - 148, Harepath Road, Seaton. EX12 2DU. Telephone: 01297 20414
- Lloyds Pharmacy - 43, Queen Street, Seaton. EX12 2RB. Telephone: 01297 21898
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website.