Key Facts Lateral Flow Device (LFD) Tests

Thursday, May 13, 2021


Community Pharmacies are due to start receiving their next allocation of LFD test-kits in the coming weeks.

This second round of distribution will commence from the 17th of May, and it is likely to take 2-3 weeks to complete all deliveries. There is no need for pharmacies to take any action at this stage, as test-kits will be issued automatically. The number of test-kits allocated will be based on updated numbers provided from previous orders and information provided to the logistics team during the initial supply of test-kits.

If there are any shortages on arrival of the order, please contact 0800 008 6587 to order more test-kits for your practice providing the information requested.

Likewise, if you haven’t received your order by COP 4th June 2021 please contact the help desk on 0800 008 6587.

Please remember that all participants in the testing programme are required to record their results – positive, negative or inconclusive – via the online portal. The recording of negative LFD test results provides important incidence and prevalence data and supports sound governance of the testing programme.

The following information was published on: 29th March 2021

With the release of the documents re the launch of LFD Tests to Community Pharmacies, we have pulled together the following accompanying Key Facts. If you have any questions, please contact

You can also download a Key Facts document here

  • All pharmacy team members are eligible for testing.
  • Tests will be delivered directly to community pharmacies for onward distribution to teams. Dates and delivery schedules remain TBC. Each box contains 25 tests, which will cover one person for 12 weeks.
  • If more kits are required contact In the future, the supplies will move to PECOS.
  • Training is available on TURAS and you can access that by clicking here.
  • Users should follow the instructions for use given in the training and not the manufacturer’s instructions in the box.
  • Tests should be completed twice a week to fit in with shift patterns.
  • Test take 5 minutes to complete and results are given in 30 minutes.
  • All tests should be recorded on the portal. Full details are in the NES Training here.
  • If the result is positive, staff should self-isolate, inform their line manager and arrange a PCR test with their NHS Board, or, if a Board test is not available, contact a National Testing Centre, remembering to advise that they work in a community pharmacy clinical environment where they have been wearing PPE and following PHS advice.
  • If the test is negative, team members need to continue to follow PHS Guidance including wearing PPE and completing cleaning routines. Full details can be found here

UPDATE - 29.03.21

Updated March 29th 2021 and supersedes any message prior to this date.

Community Pharmacies requiring further LFD tests for their teams need to order them from

Orders already placed are being processed, which may take up to 14 days. NSS are unable to provide information about timescales for specific deliveries due to the nature of the courier process, however, pharmacies should receive a notification from the courier 24 hours before their delivery is due to take place.

Reminder – each member of the team should have their own box of tests

Pharmacy locums should in the first instance access testing kits from a pharmacy if they already have a relationship with one. If they cannot access kits in this way they should contact NSS directly at providing their GPhC number, name and postal address.
Further details on training, use of the kits, and other key facts are available at
If you have any questions, please contact

Links to the full documents can be found below: