Friday, 4 April 2014


The cost of a prescription has risen on the 1st April 2014 (no joke!) from £7.85 to £8.05 for each item. This will impact on everyone who still pays for their own prescriptions and is quite difficult to afford for those who have several items a month.
If you are on permanent regular medication, and have more than one item a month it could save you quite a bit of money to buy a prepay certificate for 12 months (£104) or 3 months (£29.10). More information on how to apply for this prepay certificate is on this NHS website. Unfortunately, as of today, the NHS have not updated their website to reflect the latest price rise, but it does still explain how to apply. Your local pharmacy may also be able to advise you on your application.
But, check before you go ahead, that you don't qualify for free prescriptions. You may be in receipt of certain benefits, check here to see which of these would qualify you for free prescriptions. Prescriptions are free for those under 16 years or 60 years or over and those with certain medical conditions, if you are 16-18 years old and in full-time education, if you are pregnant or have a child under 12 months old, if you have a war pension exemption certificate, if you're an NHS inpatient or if you live in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.
Lastly, if the prescribed item is available over the counter, don't be afraid to ask your pharmacist if it's cheaper for you to just buy it and not use the prescription!

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