Sigma to provide COVID-19 tests as part of LFD distribution service


NHS Test and Trace has confirmed that Sigma Pharmaceuticals has agreed to provide lateral flow device (LFD) test kits to community pharmacies as part of the NHS community pharmacy COVID-19 lateral flow device distribution service (Pharmacy Collect).

Sigma is scheduled to receive its first batch of test kits today and will be ready to begin deliveries tomorrow (Thursday 13th May).

This means that contractors can now order test kits from either Sigma or Alliance Healthcare (Phoenix Healthcare Distribution are also supplying kits, but only to branches of Rowlands Pharmacy). The order limit of one carton of test kits per pharmacy per day still applies, whichever wholesaler contractors choose to order stock from.


Pharmacy owners are reminded of the requirement to complete the 2023 workforce survey, which is a mandatory requirement for all pharmacy owners. The survey will close on Sunday 17th December 2023.

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