Pharmacy Covid-19 Lateral Flow Test Collection Changes – From 4th October 2021
The way pharmacies distribute rapid lateral flow tests will change in October, with members of the public encouraged to register for a collect code beforehand.
As we enter the autumn, the NHS are changing the way lateral flow tests are made available to members of the public. This is to help identify areas of high demand which will support NHS trace with test and trace and stock management.
Pharmacies will be instructed to record data about test collections for every member of the public. Alongside this, the NHS wants everyone to officially report their result whether it’s positive or negative. It is hoped that this will help keep track of trends across the country as we enter this difficult phase of the year.
As of the 4th October, pharmacies can supply one pack of test kits per person, or two if the person is collecting on behalf of someone else. People requesting a pack of test kits will be asked for a 16-digit collect code, which will be recorded by the pharmacy. If someone refuses to register, they can still receive tests, but the pharmacy will record this as an anonymous collection.
To get your collect code, you will need to register online at gov.uk/get-collect-code or call 119. Every transaction requires a new collect code.
Why You Should Still Get Tested Regularly
1 in 3 people with COVID-19 don’t have symptoms but can infect other, more vulnerable people. COVID-19 remains a threat, and as we head into the autumn and winter, it remains vital to keep on top of infection rates and identify outbreaks.
The NHS recommends you do a rapid lateral flow test every 3-4 days even if you’ve been vaccinated because you can still spread the virus. If you test positive, you should report your result and self-isolate.
Lateral flow tests are intended for people who have no symptoms. If you experience symptoms of COVID-19, you should do a PCR test instead. To remind you, these are a high temperature, a new continuous cough, and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. You can get a free PCR test here.