C-19 test distribution service added to the CPCF
A new Advanced service – the NHS community pharmacy COVID-19 lateral flow device distribution service – has been added to the NHS Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF) today.
This service, which pharmacy contractors can choose to provide, aims to improve access to asymptomatic COVID-19 testing by making lateral flow device (LFD) test kits readily available at community pharmacies. People will self-administer the tests away from the pharmacy and pharmacy staff will not be involved in the generation of test results, supporting the reporting of results or the next steps for the person taking the test.
In NHS Test and Trace marketing and communications aimed at the public, the service will be referred to as Pharmacy Collect and it will allow asymptomatic people to collect LFD test kits, free of charge, from community pharmacies, so they can undertake regular testing as part of the Government’s COVID-19 roadmap plan.