The NHS prescription charge is a flat-rate amount which successive governments have thought it to be a reasonable to charge those who can afford to pay for their medication. These charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.

· Prescription (per-item) £9.65

· 3-month pre-payment certificate: £31.25

· 12-month pre-payment certificate: £111.60

· HRT prepayment certificate: £19.30

If you have to pay for four or more prescription items in three months or more than 14 items in 12 months, you may find it cheaper to buy a prescription prepayment certificate (PPC). There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website. You can buy a NHS Prescription Prepayment Certificate (PPC) online or by visiting a registered pharmacy.

Click on the links below for further information: · NHS prescription charges · Who can get free prescriptions