Prescription Charges and Exemptions

There are a range of exemptions from charges for patients. To find out if you are entitled to free NHS prescriptions follow this link. If you have to pay for prescriptions, there are ways to save money by purchasing a Pre-Payment Card.

Pre-Payment Card

If you receive regular prescriptions you can save money by purchasing a Pre Payment Card. The link and more information is here. For example, you can pay 10 x monthly direct debit payments of £10.40 and this covers an unlimited number of prescriptions. This can also be purchased for periods as short as 3 months. You can sign up on line, its quick and easy.

From 1 April 2019, the NHS charges are:

PPC’s are available by 10 monthly direct debit payments.

  • Prescription (per item)
    £9
  • 3 monthly PPC
    £29.10
    This saves you money if you need four or more items in three months
  • A 12 monthly certificate
    £104
    This saves you money if 13 or more items are needed in 12 months

The following medicines are free:

  • Medicines administered at a hospital or 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.

168 Medical Group Message

Like many practices across the country, the impact of COVID has led to unparalleled levels of demand for 168 Medical Group. We are doing all we can to ensure those with medically urgent conditions are seen on the day. To support us to help those who need it most, if you are in the early stages of an illness or have a short term minor condition, please use the self-help guides on Ask My GP or the NHS website to self-care. When you contact us, we will ask you what you’ve done to self care. With self-care, many minor illnesses can resolve without needing medical treatment from a GP.

If you still need medical help, please note that our telephone team may refer you to our physiotherapist, mental health nurse or pharmacist if your condition is suitable to be treated by one of our extended healthcare team.

Please remember that our team are here to help you. They are doing a difficult job in challenging times. Please treat them with the same level of respect as you’d expect in return.