Extensive exemption and remission arrangements protect those likely to have difficulty in paying charges (NHS prescription and dental charges, optical and hospital travel costs).
The NHS prescription charge is a flat-rate amount which successive Governments have thought it reasonable to charge for those who can afford to pay for their medicines. Prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs) offer real savings for people who need extensive medication.
From 1 April 2017 the charges are:
If you will 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 Pre Payment Certificate. PPCs are available by 10 monthly direct debit instalment payments. The prescription Pre Payment Certificates allow anyone to obtain all the prescriptions they need for the equivilant of £2 per week.
Pre Payment Certificate Telephone advice and order line 0845 850 0030
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website
FP10 (The Green Prescription)
This is a normal NHS prescription and is valid for 6 months. This is provided by your GP and can be dispensed at Fordingbridge Surgery for dispensing patients and is also valid at any pharmacy for non-dispensing patients.
FP10 (The Yellow Prescription)
These prescriptions are provided by your dental practice, also valid for 6 months. These can be dispensed at Fordingbridge Surgery for dispensing patients and is also valid at any pharmacy for non-dispensing patients.
These are issued after a consultation with a private consultant or a private GP and all prescriptions are subject to a fee. The surgery is unable to change these prescriptions to a FP10 (The Green Prescription) for several reasons:-
If a patient sees a specialist privately, their specialist may write to their GP making recommendations about ongoing medication. These recommendations will generally then be prescribed by their GP on receiving the appropriate correspondence as long as these recommendations are licensed on the NHS and in accordance with local prescribing guidelines.
These prescriptions must be dispensed at the hospital pharmacy. This information is stated clearly on the prescription issued by the hospital. The surgery is unable to change a hospital prescription to a FP10 (The Green prescription).
There is a good reason for this:-