Cornerstone SurgeryCornerstone Surgery Drs Consiglio & SuttonDrs Consiglio & Sutton
Fingerpost Park Health Centre, Atlas St, St. Helens, WA9 1LN
Tel: 01744 738835 / 01744 647040  |  Fax: 01744 454624
Fingerpost Park Health Centre,
Atlas St, St. Helens, WA9 1LN
Tel: 01744 738835 / 01744 647040
Fax: 01744 454624

Prescription charges

The National Health Service (NHS) generally provides health care free of charge. However there is a fixed charge that must be paid for prescriptions (along with items such as dental treatment, sight tests, glasses, wigs and fabric supports)

The charge for a prescription, from 1st April 2018, is £8.80

However, you do not have to pay for prescriptions if you are in one of the following categories:

  • in receipt of income-related employment and support allowance, income support, income-based jobseeker’s allowance, pension credit guarantee credit or universal credit (including partners);
  • aged under 16;
  • aged under 19 and in full-time education;
  • aged 60 or over;
  • getting child tax credit or working tax credit and are named on a valid NHS tax credit exemption card;
  • an NHS hospital in-patient;
  • receiving treatment for a sexually transmissible infection if the medication is supplied by a hospital or an appropriate clinic;
  • receiving treatment for tuberculosis - the drugs in relation to your treatment are free;
  • subject to a community treatment order - the drugs in relation to your treatment are free
You are entitled to an exemption certificate for free prescriptions if you are:
  • pregnant or have had a baby during the last twelve months. Get form FW8 from your doctor, midwife or health visitor;
  • a war/service pensioner and the prescription is for your accepted disablement;
  • undergoing treatment for cancer or the effects of cancer or the effects of cancer treatment.
    If you are a cancer patient your certificate will last for 5 years and will entitle you to all your prescriptions free of charge, not just those relating to cancer. This certificate can be renewed as many times as necessary and will not have to be returned if your condition changes

If you know you’ll have to pay for a lot of NHS prescriptions it may be cheaper to buy a prescription prepayment certificate (PPC). For more information, visit the NHS Choices website

Last update 11/07/18