Regulations have been laid before Parliament to increase certain National Health Service charges in England from 1 April 2019.
This year, therefore, the prescription charge has increased by 20 pence from £8.80 to £9 for each medicine or appliance dispensed. The cost of the prescription prepayment certificates (PPC) for 3-month PPC remains at £29.10 and the cost of the annual PPC will stay at £104.
Details of the revised charges for 2019 to 2020 can be found below.
Single charge: £9
3-month PPC (no change): £29.10
12-month PPC (no change): £104
If you need continuous anticonvulsive therapy for your Epilepsy you are entitled to an exemption certificate To claim free prescriptions, ask your GP or hospital doctor for application form FP92A. This is the application form for a medical exemption certificate. Once you have filled in the form, the hospital doctor, GP or a member of staff at your GP surgery will sign to confirm that the information you have given is correct. They will then send for an exemption certificate for you
You should expect to receive your certificate within 10 working days of them receiving your application.
A medical exemption certificate:
entitles you to free NHS prescriptions only
doesn’t cover dental treatment or help with other health costs
should be shown when you collect a prescription
is valid for five years (or until your 60th birthday, whichever is sooner)
Replacing your certificate
If you lose or damage your certificate, you can be sent a replacement. You’ll receive your replacement certificate within 10 working days.
Renewing your certificate
You need to speak to your doctor to re-apply.
A reminder will be sent to you around one month before your current certificate expires but it’s your own responsibility to check that your certificate is still valid when you claim free prescriptions.
When your medical exemption certificate expires
It’s your responsibility to check the expiry date. If you claim free prescriptions after your certificate expires, you could have to pay a penalty charge of up to £100.