No change to prescription charges for April 2022

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has confirmed that the NHS prescription charge will not be uplifted on 1 April 2022.

The NHS prescription charge is reviewed annually with changes usually made in April, but this year the Government has yet to conclude consideration of any future increases to prescription charges. The charges will therefore not be uplifted on 1 April 2022 while further consideration is given.

PSNC will update community pharmacy teams as soon as any changes are agreed, including details of when they will be implemented.

In summary:

  • For prescriptions dispensed in April 2022, NHS prescription charges will remain at £9.35 per item.
  • The cost of Prescription Pre-payment Certificates (PPCs) will also remain unchanged for April 2022.
  • A decision is yet to be reached on prescription charges and the cost of PPCs from May 2022 onwards.

PSNC has designed a downloadable Prescription Charge Card for community pharmacies. As well as a printable colour PDF, we have also provided a version optimised for printing in black-and-white.

Both versions have been designed to be easy to download and print ready for display in community pharmacies.

Prescription charge card April 2022 (colour)

Prescription charge card April 2022 (black and white)

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