Changes to how primary care staff access lateral flow devices for asymptomatic testing

The way that NHS staff across all primary care contractor groups (medical, dental, optometry and community pharmacy) order lateral flow device (LFD) tests is changing. From 5 July 2021, all NHS staff will be able to order tests directly through the government lateral flow ordering portal and have these delivered to their home addresses.

Asymptomatic staff testing is an important component of Infection Prevention and Control, which all organisations and staff have a duty to adhere to. We are grateful for the continued efforts of primary care contractors in keeping staff and patients safe from potential transmission of COVID-19 in healthcare settings.

The supporting LFD standard operating procedure and frequently asked questions are being updated and will be published shortly. More information about the change is available in the letter issued to system leaders on Tuesday.