NHS Prescription

The NHS prescription is a prescription written by NHS doctors for NHS funded medicine. Most working adults will have to pay prescription charges. Groups who are entitled to free NHS prescriptions are:

  • Under 16
  • Aged 16-18 and in full time education
  • Aged 60+
  • If you or your partner is receiving:

          Income Support
          Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
          Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
          Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
          Pension Credit Guarantee Credit with Savings Credit.

  • If you’re getting Universal Credit and your earnings were £435 or less (£935 if including a child or if you have limited capability for work.)
  • If our annual family income used to work out your tax credits £15,276 or less and you receive either:

          Child Tax Credit
          Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit paid together
          Working Tax Credit including a debility element

  • Pregnant women and those who have had a baby in the last 12 months
  • You have a Medical exemption certificate
  • If you have a valid HC2 certificate
  • If you have a valid war pension exemption certificate

If you are not exempt from paying your NHS prescription, you will £8.80 for each prescribed item, which means there is a charge for each different drug or medical appliance on your prescription. If you regularly pay prescription charges, a prescription payment certificate could save you money.

NHS prescriptions in Scotland and Wales are free.]