Staff C-19 testing: new distribution arrangements for lateral flow tests

Staff C-19 testing: new distribution arrangements for lateral flow tests

July 2, 2021

NHSE&I has announced new arrangements for the distribution of COVID-19 Lateral Flow Test for use by pharmacy team members, as part of asymptomatic staff testing.

From 5 July 2021, the NHS will move to an individual ‘pull’ model of LFD supply. This means that, from this date, staff will replenish their tests by ordering a box online from to be sent to them at home.

This will mean for primary care, organisations will no longer order tests for their staff via the Primary Care Support England (PCSE) portal. Staff will be able to order their own tests online and input the postcode of their workplace to ensure the tests are registered as belonging to an NHS member of staff. A box of seven tests will be posted to staff at their home address. Staff will continue to report the results of their tests on the website as per current practice. Organisations and regions will receive management information from NHS Test and Trace to help them understand what proportion of their staff have ordered and reported tests including contractor group and region. Full details can be found on the NHS website.

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