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Document Where are NHS prescriptions chargeable throughout the UK?

Whether a charge will apply for your NHS prescription is dependent on where your prescription was prescribed and dispensed, rather than your own country of residence. See below for guidance;
Country prescription is dispensed




 Country prescription is prescribed 

 Charge may apply  Charge may apply*
 Charge may apply* 


 Charge may apply  Free  Free  Free


 Charge may apply  Free  Free  Free

Northern Ireland (HS21)
 Free  Free  Free  Free

*If you live in Scotland or Wales, but your prescriptions are prescribed in England as you are registered with an English GP, you may be able to apply for an Entitlement Card to exempt you from charges at a Scottish / Welsh pharmacy. Information regarding Entitlement Cards can be found on the NHS websites of Scotland and Wales respectively.
If you normally live in a country whereby NHS prescriptions are usually free and travel to England, you must ensure you pay (unless you hold an acceptable exemption) if your prescription is chargeable.
Exemptions issued by any UK country can be used throughout the UK if charges apply. However, please note that the Isle of Man is not part of the UK and therefore exemptions issued here cannot be accepted within the UK.

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