Prescription Types

NHS Prescriptions – Do I have to pay or not?
Prescription charges are £8.80 per item (April 2015). NHS prescription items are delivered FREE via Royal Mail Signed For™ Standard Delivery.

If you fall into one of the below groups then you should be exempt from prescription charges. Please tick the box which applies to you when we ask you for this information during the ordering process.
  • Your prescription is for prescribed contraceptives
  • You are under 16
  • You are 16 to 18 and in full-time education
  • You are 60 or over
  • You are pregnant or have had a baby in the previous 12 months and have a valid exemption certificate
  • You have a specified medical condition and have a valid exemption certificate
  • You have a continuing physical disability which means you cannot go out without help from another person and have a valid exemption certificate
  • You have a valid prescription pre-payment certificate

You or your partner gets:
  • Income support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit (PCGC)
  • You are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
  • You are named on a valid HC2 certificate
  • You are a war pensioner, the prescription is for your accepted disablement and you have a valid war pension exemption certificate

We may ask you to provide evidence of any exemption before dispensing your medication. Note: falsely claiming exemption will result in a fine should you be investigated by NHS Protect.

Private Prescriptions
Medicines on Private prescriptions are not funded by the NHS and have to be paid for by the patient. The price of each drug is displayed during the ordering process; there is a minimum order value of £5.00 per item. Private prescriptions are delivered for FREE via Royal Mail Next Day Signed For™ delivery.

Online Prescription Services
Electronic Prescriptions
Repeat Prescriptions