Community pharmacy teams in Huntingdonshire are starting to offer free coronavirus test kits.
The Pharmacy Collect service will make lateral flow test kits available to people, who do not have symptoms.
The consumer healthcare association, Proprietary Association of Great Britain (PAGB), found that since the start of the pandemic, almost one in three people are now more likely to visit a pharmacy for advice before seeking help elsewhere.
Anyone can request a box of test kits from the pharmacy counter for regular testing at home or elsewhere.
The test distribution service from pharmacies, along with other locations, sits under NHS Test and Trace and forms part of the Government’s COVID-19 roadmap plan. Boris Johnson announced on Easter Monday that everyone in England would be given access to two free coronavirus tests a week. It is hoped that widening the offer of tests will help to identify COVID-positive cases in the community and break the chain of transmission, avoiding the need for further lockdowns.
Pharmacies presently stocking the test kits in Huntingdon are:-
Lloyds Parmacy 72 Ermine St Huntingdon
Lloyds Parmacy (in Sainsbury’s) St Germain Walk, Huntingdon
The Coneygear Centre Buttsgrove Lane, Oxmoor
Acorn Pharmacy, Oaktree Centre, Oxmoor
Tesco Superstore, Abbots Ripton Rd, Sapley
Cliffords, 2 The Causeway, Godmanchester
Medicines 4 U Ltd, 1 Bell Way, Alconbury
Lloyds Pharmacy, 9, King Hedges Way, St Ives
The NHS Test and Trace Site Finder map can be used to locate participating pharmacies: https://maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk/ (this will be updated on a weekly basis).
Source: Drawn from Hunts Post https://www.huntspost.co.uk/news/free-covid-testing-kits-at-st-neots-pharmacy-7914396