With up to a third of infected individuals not displaying symptoms, broadening asymptomatic testing is an essential part of the nation’s fight against COVID-19. Increased use of lateral flow devices (LFD) can help identify more people who are highly likely to spread the virus and therefore break the chain of transmission.
NHS Test and Trace research into routine mass testing shows participants prefer to access testing in the community, pharmacists are trusted by their local communities and unfamiliar new points of access are less well trusted; these findings have led to a Government decision to commission a distribution service from community pharmacies.
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. All people in England can request test kits and some of the common circumstances that will prompt a person to undertake regular tests are:
They are a child at school or are in a bubble with school children;
They work at a school or are in a bubble with school staff;
They have to leave the house for work;
Their local council has advised them to test; or
Their GP or another healthcare professional has advised them to test.
People self-administer the tests away from the pharmacy, e.g. at home.
The pharmacy is consequently not involved in the generation of test results, supporting the reporting of results or the next steps for the person taking the test.
To collect your lateral flow device, please visit your local Midway Pharmacy today. No appointment is necessary for this service.