COVID-19 Testing

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 The legal notification will be rescinded if there is a negative follow-up PCR result obtained within 48 hours of the positive LFD test result.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The tracing will be stopped, and self-isolation rescinded, where there is a negative follow up PCR test result obtained within 48 hours.

C-19 lateral flow device distribution service:

At the end of March 2021, a new Advanced service – the NHS community pharmacy COVID-19 lateral flow device distribution service – was added to the NHS Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework. Click here to find out more and access Virtual Outcomes training.This service, which pharmacy contractors can choose to provide, as long as they meet the necessary requirements, aims to improve access to COVID-19 testing by making lateral flow device (LFD) test kits readily available at community pharmacies for asymptomatic people, to identify COVID-positive cases in the community and break the chain of transmission. Pharmacy contractors that sign up to the service before the 18th of April 2021 will receive a set up payment of £450.The service will work alongside existing NHS Test and Trace COVID-19 testing routes.

COVID-19 network Resilience:

Click here to view our COVID-19 Network Resilience page