An NHS prescription is a prescription form (also known as an FP10) issued to a patient by prescribers registered within the National Health Service.
If you live in England and pay for your NHS prescription, you will need to pay the standard NHS prescription charge which is currently £8.40 per item (as of 1st April 2016). As our online pharmacy is based in England, NHS prescription charges and rules for England will still apply if you live in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Please contact the Pharmacy team on FREEPHONE 0800 012 6779 for further information.
You can get free NHS prescriptions if, at the time the prescription is dispensed, you:
- are 60 or over
- are under 16
- are 16-18 and in full-time education
- are pregnant or have had a baby in the previous 12 months and have a valid maternity exemption certificate
- have a specified medical condition and have a valid medical exemption certificate
- have a continuing physical disability that prevents you from going out without help from another person and have a valid medical exemption certificate
- hold a valid war pension exemption certificate and the prescription is for your accepted disability
- are an NHS inpatient
You are also entitled to free prescriptions if you or your partner (including civil partners) are named on, or are entitled to, an NHS tax credit exemption certificate or a valid HC2 certificate (full help with health costs), or you receive either:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, or
- Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
The costs for paying patient for their prescriptions within the English NHS are as follows:
Prescription costs as of April 1st 2016
- The current prescription charge is £8.40 per line item (£16.80 per pair of elastic hosiery).
- Prescription prepayment certificates (PPC) are available in England and they can save you money.
- A three monthly PPC is £29.10. This saves you money if you need four or more items in three months.
- A 12 month certificate is £104.00 and saves money if 15 or more items are needed in 12 months.
- 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.
*Please note the above information has been obtained from the NHS. For more information please visit: http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcosts/Pages/Prescriptioncosts.aspx