Prescription Prepayment Certificates (PPCs)
What are these?
Prescription Prepayment Certificates (PPCs) entitle the holder to obtain prescription medicines (for their own use only) without further charge during the period of validity of either three months or a year.
Do I qualify and how much will it cost?
To qualify for the PPC, you will need to be on
- four or more prescription items in three months, which costs £29.10,
- 13 or more items in 12 months, which costs £104.00.
Obtaining a PPC
There are three ways to do this:
- Online – NHS website
- Telephone – 0300 330 1341
- Pharmacy – Go to your local pharmacy.
Unfortunately the TBF are unable to pay for PPCs directly to the NHS due to the applicant needing to purchase it from the NHS.
How do I apply?
1. Request a Cream Form: from TBF
We will post to you a Cream Form: Request for payment for prescription prepayment certificate. Please complete the form in relation to the person applying for the PPC.
2. Get your GP to sign Cream Form
Take your completed Cream Form to your doctor to confirm:
- you would benefit from holding a PPC
- timescale that you need to be on the medication stated on the prescription.
3. Send us your Cream Form
Post your completed Cream Form to:
Transport Benevolent Fund, Suite 3.1, The Loom, 14 Gowers Walk, London, E1 8PY
Please forward your original PPC notification email through to firstname.lastname@example.org and please add your membership number to the subject and confirm your address to ensure we end your cheque to the correct place.
4. We pay for your PPC
If you send us a copy of your PPC, we will reimburse you for the cost via a cheque payment through the post. If you send us your FP95 or renewal reminder, we will pay the NHS direct.
As a charity, we are sorry that we cannot pay any charges levied by doctors for completing our forms.
Please note that TBF cannot help towards PPCs purchased before becoming a member, the valid from date is before you have become a member.
Has TBF reimbursed your PPC before?
If so, and the timeframe that your GP has stated on your Cream Form currently covers you (i.e. long term/ongoing), all that we would ask is for you to simply send (email/fax/post) us a copy of your new card.
As long as we are sure you will benefit from holding a PPC and that you are unlikely to be able to claim free prescriptions, we will pay the fee for the PPC. We will reimburse the amount paid. If your condition is a continuing one, we would prefer that you obtain a 12 month PPC rather than a three month one.
"Very impressed with the way my PPC reimbursement was dealt with from start to finish".
TBF member from Hastings