This Page is for pharmacy staff only, if you are a patient please click here to visit the GOV.UK website or call 119.
Maintaining the health and wellbeing of pharmacy team members is a high priority for pharmacy contractors and the NHS during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This page contains information on how pharmacy team members can access testing for COVID-19.
Staff Testing for COVID-19:
Frontline workers, including community pharmacy staff in England, can access free testing for COVID-19. Lateral flow testing is available for all asymptomatic patient-facing NHS staff and PCR testing is available for any person with symptoms, or for staff who have tested positive with a lateral flow antigen test via the national testing service.
Please click here to visit PSNC for more info on the following:
- Lateral flow testing (for asymptomatic pharmacy staff)
- Accessing a PCR COVID-19 test (for pharmacy staff)
- Testing for COVID-19 in pharmacies or selling test kits
- Antibody testing programme
- NHS Test and Trace
LFT / LFD Policy Change:
As of 30th March, all individuals including Health and Social Care workers with a positive LFT are required to take a follow-up PCR, whether the LFT test was assisted or self-reported. A positive LFT will trigger the legal requirement to self-isolate. The legal notification will be rescinded if there is a negative follow-up PCR result obtained within 48 hours of the positive LFD test result. Contact tracing will begin immediately after a positive LFT result without waiting for the follow-up PCR test.
The tracing will be stopped, and self-isolation rescinded, where there is a negative follow up PCR test result obtained within 48 hours.