Prescription Charge Card and No Charge and Multi-Charge Factsheet

Prescription Charge Card and No Charge and Multi-Charge Factsheet

Prescription Charge Card

April 2021

The NHS Prescription Charge from 1st April 2021 is £9.35 per item. The price of a 3-month Prescription Prepayment Certificate (PPC) is £30.25 and a 12-month PPC is £108.10.

PSNC has designed a downloadable Prescription Charge Card for community pharmacies. As well as a printable colour PDF of the 2021/22 Prescription Charge Card, we have also provided a version optimised for printing in black-and-white. Both versions are available to download below.

Prescription charge card 2021/22 (colour)

Prescription charge card 2021/22 (black and white)

PSNC has also designed a poster explaining the savings that a PPC could achieve for patients that regularly pay for their prescriptions. PSNC has produced two versions of the 2021/22 PPC poster as downloadable PDFs that can be printed and displayed in community pharmacies. Both versions are available to download below.

PPC poster 2021/22 (colour)

PPC poster 2021/22 (black and white)

No Charge and Multi-Charge Factsheet

PSNC produces it’s No Charge and Multi-Charge factsheet as a quick reference guide that can be used on the counter or as a poster.  This factsheet lists commonly dispensed products which incur either no prescription charge or multiple prescription charges.

Please not this resource is not exhaustive and is subject to change.

Dispensing Factsheet: No Charge and Multi-Charge Items (2018)

FAQs

Q. Do I need to display a notice about the NHS prescription charge?

A. Yes, it is part of the NHS Terms of Service to have an up to date notice about the NHS prescription charge displayed in the prescription reception area. For further information, please see the clinical governance premises approved particulars.

Q. If a prescription was dispensed before the 1st April but the patient does not collect items until after the 1st April, should the patient pay the old or the new prescription charge rate?

A. There is no national guidance on this issue so pharmacy staff will be required to exercise their professional judgement. Whatever decision is taken, pharmacy staff are advised to keep a record of the amount charged and the reasons for doing so on the PMR.

Related resources

Exemptions from the prescription charge

What does the patient pay?

Prescription charge refund procedure

Prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs) – guide to selling PPCs

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