NHS Prescription Set to Rise to £8.80

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018 News

The NHS prescription is set to rise to £8.80 from 1st April 2018. You could save by buying either a 3-month/yearly prepayment certificate.

This is a 20p increase on the previous £8.60. This does not effect tri-monthly/yearly prepayment certificates which will be frozen at £29.10 for three months and £104 for a yearly subscription.

Essentially you can save money by buying these subscriptions if you expect you will require a prescription more than three times for the three month prescription. If expecting to buy twelve or more prescriptions, a yearly subscription can also save you money.


You should also check to see if you are legible for exception. We have highlighted some of the key reasons you may be except from paying for prescriptions below.

  • Under 16 years old.
  • Over 60 years old.
  • 16 – 18 and in full-time education.
  • Pregnant or have had a baby within the last 12 months.

See the full list here.

In addition, please first check to see if you can purchase common items such as painkillers and some dermatology creams more cheaply over the counter instead of using a prescription. (Update) The NHS has banned many of these common drugs, such as paracetamol, from being prescribed in a series of cost cutting schemes. These can be purchased directly over the counter in pharmacists and supermarkets.


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