Pharmacy Collect: stock update and anonymous collections
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Contractors are likely to have seen a significant increase in demand for Lateral Flow Devices following the Prime Minister’s address to the nation on Sunday night, and with national media widely reporting problems with ordering home delivery of tests from the NHS website today.
We have been advised by NHS Test and Trace that plenty of stock is still available to pharmacies via Alliance Healthcare, so contractors should continue to order one carton of test kits per day.
The current tests are ‘DHSC ORIENT GENE test kits’ PIP: 8943995
The brand of kits supplied on behalf of NHS Test and Trace changes from time to time and it may therefore appear that no stock is available on the Alliance Healthcare stock system for some of the previously distributed products, but orders placed for any of these previously used products should auto-direct to the LFD brand that is in stock and the order will be placed.
Pharmacy teams are reminded that although citizens should be encouraged to use a collect code to receive lateral flow device test kits, if they do not wish to register for a collect code, a supply can still be made as an anonymous collection.
To continue to support the fight against COVID-19, it is important that people who are unable to easily obtain a collect code or are unwilling to obtain a collect code can still access test kits in this way.