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Pre-payment of NHS prescription charges
NHS Business Services Authority
PPC Issue Office
PO Box 854
Newcastle upon Tyne
Advice / Order Line
0845 850 0030
Help with Health Costs
0845 850 1166
0845 46 47
If you will have to pay for more than 3 prescription items in 3 months, or more than 13 items in 12 months, you may find it cheaper to buy a Prescription Pre-payment Certificate (PPC). The charge for a single prescription item is £7.65, whereas a three month PPC will cost you £29.10 and a 12 month PPC £104.00.
There are 4 ways to apply for a PPC:
Buy or Renew a PPC On-line
Note: The online PPC application requires a browser that supports 128-bit encryption. If your browser does not support 128-bit encryption, please visit the website that provides upgrades to your browser software.
pre-payment certificate application form (FP95)
available from pharmacies and doctors surgeries.
When you have completed and signed the form, send it with your cheque, postal order or credit or debit card details to:
NHS Help with Health Costs
PPC Issue Office
PO Box 854
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
To apply for a pre-payment certificate over the phone, just call the pre-payment certificate order line - 0845 850 0030
Please have your:
* debit or credit card details ready if you want to pay in full; or
* your bank or building society account details ready if you want to pay for a 12-month PPC by 10 monthly Direct Debit instalments.
From a Pharmacy Registered to Sell Pre-Payment Certificates
To purchase a pre-payment certificate at a registered pharmacy:
* complete a pre-payment certificate application form FP95, available from the registered pharmacy and pay the pharmacy the relevant fee for your pre-payment certificate, £29.10 for a 3-month pre-payment certificate and £104.00 for a 12-month pre-payment certificate
* The pharmacy will forward your details to us, and you will normally receive your certificate within 7 days of us receiving your application.
To see if there is a pharmacy near you who has registered to sell pre-payment certificate please read the
List of Registered Pharmacies
If you have to pay a prescription charge while you are waiting for your PPC, you may get a refund as long as you have an NHS receipt and refund form FP57, which your pharmacist can issue at the time you pay a prescription charge. See the website for more information:
Prescription Prepayment Certificates (PPCs)
People aged 60 and over are entitled to receive free NHS prescriptions
Various other groups don't have to pay for prescriptions. Check if you qualify:
Are you entitled to help with Health Costs
Any age group
Help with Health costs (HC1 Form)
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Last updated: 14/04/2014 Last full review: 25/06/2013
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