Your local pharmacist (sometimes called chemist) is able to give expert advice on many conditions, from sprains to stomach upsets. Pharmacists can also give advice on a range of matters such as healthy eating, stopping smoking and emergency contraception. You do not need an appointment to see a pharmacist.
The prescription charge in England is currently £9 per item. 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). A PPC lets you get as many NHS prescriptions as you need for a set price. There are two PPC options to choose from:
a three-month PPC – costs £29.10 and will save you money if you need more than three prescribed items in three months
a 12-month PPC – costs £104.00 and will save you money if you need more than 12 prescribed items in a year
The quickest way to buy a PPC is to buy it online but they can also be bought in some pharmacies, by post or by phone. For more information please visit the NHS Business Services Authority website.
How can I find out about urgent and out of hours care?
Limited pharmacy services are available outside normal opening hours, at night, on Sundays and on public holidays. To find out which pharmacies offer these services contact NHS 111, or check local pharmacy opening times via the My Health London website.
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