Over the Counter Medicines

The rules regarding prescribing medicines that are available to purchase over-the-counter are changing. New NHS policy means you will need to buy over-the-counter medications for a variety of minor health conditions. Common examples of these are some pain killers, hayfever medication and some eye drops.

More information regarding this new policy is available below:

Over the Counter Policy.pdf

Requesting your medication at the surgery

  • You can order your repeat medication by dropping off your repeat prescription list in our letter box. Make sure you tick the items you need.
  • If you don't have this, you can write a list of the medicines you need. Be sure to include your name, date of birth and a contact number.
Please note that we require 48 hours' notice to process prescription requests.

Prescription Fees

Help with NHS costs

In England, around 90% of prescription items are dispensed free.

You may be exempt from paying a prescription charge if you are:

  • on specific benefits or through the NHS Low Income Scheme
  • under 16 or over 60
  • aged between 16-18 and in full time education
  • living with certain medical conditions (see the list of qualifying conditions here)
  • pregnant or have recently given birth in the last 12 months and have a valid maternity exemption certificate. You can obtain this from your midwife.

Are you entitled to free prescriptions?

Click here for more information and to find out if you qualify.

NHS Charges

These charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.

  • Prescription (per item): £9.35
  • 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £108.10
  • 3-month PPC: £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 PPC.


Thinking about a pre-payment certificate?

Click here form more information, and to buy a PPC online.

Alternatively you can order one over the phone by calling 0845 850 0030.