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The Bridge Primary Care Network (PCN)

Understanding PCNs and what it means for patients” 

If you missed our webinar on Wednesday 8th July at 12.30 pm for patients to understand more about the role of the PCN within Primary Care and the services that patients of The Bridge (NPMC, NPMC@Willen, Kingfisher and Brooklands) can access, here is a recording for your information, please click on the link and enter the password yNMNhHi3

Prescriptions Charges and Exemptions

Extensive exemption and remission arrangements protect those likely to have difficulty in paying charges (NHS prescription and dental charges, optical and hospital travel costs).

The NHS prescription charge is a flat-rate amount which successive Governments have thought it reasonable to charge for those who can afford to pay for their medicines.  Prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs) offer real savings for people who need extensive medication.

NHS charges

From 1 April 2019:

  • The current prescription charge is £9.15 per item.
  • A three monthly PPC is £29.65. This saves you money if you need four or more items in three months.
  • A 12 month certificate is £105.90 and saves money if 14 or more items are needed in 12 months.
  • If you need two items each month you can save around £80 with a 12 month PPC.

  • If you need three items each month you can save around £270 with a 12 month PPC.

  • If you need four items each month you can save around £260 with a 12 months PPC.

Speak to your pharmacist about how you can apply for a certificate.  In England, around 90 per cent of prescription items are dispensed free.


To Register for online services patients need to come into the surgery to provide photographic ID.

PPCs are available by 10 monthly direct debit instalment payments. The prescription prepayment certificates allow anyone to obtain all the prescriptions they need for £2 per week. 

There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website

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