COVID-19 Lateral Flow Device Distribution Service (Pharmacy Collect)

Decommissioned 1st April 2022

This service aims to improve access to COVID-19 testing by making lateral flow device (LFD) test kits available at community pharmacies for people to identify COVID-positive cases in the community and break the chain of transmission

September 2021 Update:

The Service Specification has been updated to take effect on 4th October 2021. The new service specification can be found here:

The Service:

This Advanced service is available for pharmacy contractors to provide as long as they meet the necessary requirements and works alongside existing NHS Test and Trace COVID-19 testing routes.

The commissioned service is part of the Government's national response to findings that show participants prefer to access testing in the community. Pharmacists are trusted by their local communities, whereas unfamiliar new points of access are less well trusted. The service therefore aims to improve access to asymptomatic COVID-19 testing by making lateral flow device (LFD) test kits 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.

The service will be reviewed at the end of June 2021. This will allow the service specification to be updated in light of possible insight from user engagement and the experience of contractors providing the service.

In NHS Test and Trace marketing and communications aimed at the public, the service will be referred to as 'Pharmacy Collect' and it allows 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.

To learn more about the service, please read the following PSNC website page:

VirtualOutcomes training is also available free of charge to all community pharmacies within Southampton, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Portsmouth:

Below, we have produced referenced indexes for all other important COVID-19 Lateral Flow Device Distribution Service related information, documents and resources that we have uploaded into various CPSC news articles published:

- The indexes are automatically created in date order (newest at the top)