It's quickest to buy a PPC online. The PPC
will start from the day you submit your application, unless
you request a different start date, but the start date
must be within 1 month before or after the date of your
If you prefer talking to someone, you can
call the PPC order line on 0300 330 1341.
Your certificate will be valid from the day you make the
phone call, unless you request otherwise.
Make sure you have your bank details or
credit or debit card details ready.
You can receive your certificate details
by email if you provide an email address, print them
at the end of your online application, or receive
the details by post.
Although a PPC is valid from the day
of your application (unless otherwise requested),
it may take a couple of days to receive the details
of your certificate by post. If you pay prescription
charges while you're waiting for the details to arrive,
you can get a refund, as long as you get an NHS refund
form (FP57) when you pay.
Some pharmacies may be able to sell
you a PPC. You will not be able to pay by direct debit
if you buy a PPC at a pharmacy.
Either contact your local pharmacy or
view the list of registered pharmacies on the NHS
Business Services Authority (BSA) website to find
which ones sell PPCs.
For more information about NHS Health
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