Dispensary Charges and Exemptions

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.


NHS charges

From 1 April 2021 the charges are:

  • Prescription charge (for each quantity of drug or appliance): £9.35
  • 12-month Pre Payment Certificate (PPC): £108.10
  • 3-month Pre Payment Certificate: £30.25

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


Guidance and Information

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.

Private Prescriptions

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:-

  • We may not have seen the patient
  • We would be taking on the prescribing costs and responsibilities for the patient who is having non-NHS Care
  • Private prescriptions are very often difficult to read as often hand written, therefore scope for error

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.

Hospital Prescriptions

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:-

  • The hospital clinician has made the clinical diagnosis and prescribed accordingly taking responsibility for the medication
  • Your GP has not been involved in this process and it is therefore inappropriate for them to take over this responsibility