This section provides information on getting prescriptions in the UK.
When you go to your doctor and need any pills or other medication they will write you a prescription. You can collect your medication from any hospital, chemist, pharmacy and most large supermarkets.
There is a charge for obtaining a prescription in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Prescriptions are free for everyone in Wales.
There are different ways of paying for regular medicine including Prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs) that offer savings for people who need extensive medication.
Who is entitled to free prescriptions?
Some people automatically get free prescriptions. Certain people can get an exemption certificate to obtain free prescriptions.