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NHS Prescriptions

Do you dispense NHS prescriptions?

Yes, we can dispense all valid NHS prescriptions for you at our pharmacies in Axminster and Chard.

Our dispensing service is efficient and reliable, which takes the hassle out of picking up your prescription.

We use stringent checking processes to ensure that you are always provided with the correct medication and guidance on how to use it safely.

If you require further guidance on using your medication safely, please feel free to ask our pharmacist.

What will my prescription cost?

Most adults in England have to pay for their prescriptions.

Some items are always free, including contraception.

The current prescription charge is £9.65 per item unless you are exempt.

A prescription prepayment certificate (PPC) could save you money on NHS prescription costs. Please ask us for more information about this.

If you think you may be entitled to free prescriptions, you can use the eligibility checker to confirm this.

Which groups are eligible for free prescriptions?

You can get free NHS prescriptions from our pharmacies if, at the time the prescription is dispensed, you:

  • are 60 or over

  • are under 16

  • are 16 to 18 and in full-time education

  • are pregnant or have had a baby in the previous 12 months and have a valid maternity exemption certificate

  • have a specified medical condition and have a valid medical exemption certificate

  • have a continuing physical disability that prevents you going out without help from another person and have a valid medical exemption certificate

  • hold a valid war pension exemption certificate and the prescription is for your accepted disability

  • are an NHS inpatient


You're also entitled to free prescriptions if you or your partner (including civil partner) receive, or you're under the age of 20 and the dependant of someone receiving:

  • Income Support

  • income-based Jobseeker's Allowance

  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance

  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit

  • Universal Credit and meet the criteria


If you're entitled to or named on:

  • a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate – if you do not have a certificate, you can show your award notice. You qualify if you get Child Tax Credits, Working Tax Credits with a disability element (or both), and have income for tax credit purposes of £15,276 or less

  • a valid NHS certificate for full help with health costs (HC2)

If you're unsure about your eligibility, you can use the eligibility checker here or ask our staff for guidance.

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