Update for Pharmacy Teams following the COVID Regulation Changes

From February 24th 2022 there is no longer a legal requirement for the general public with COVID infections to self-isolate, however NHS England and Improvement (NHSE&I) have issued guidance for NHS service providers, including community pharmacy contractors, to say that the previous advice for staff in these settings has not changed.

This means that:

  • Healthcare staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 should not attend work until they have had two negative LFD test results taken 24 hours apart. The first test should not be taken before day 5 after their initial positive test. These tests need to be 24 hours apart, and providing they are medically fit, they can return to work on the morning of day 6 providing they tested negative 24 hours earlier.
  • Community pharmacy staff should continue to access their LTD tests via the GOV.UK online ordering system or via the Pharmacy Collect service until advised otherwise and community pharmacies will continue to provide a supply of LFD tests until March 31st 2022
  • There are no immediate changes to the  Infection, Prevention and  Control (IPC) requirements. This includes the requirement for staff, patients and visitors to wear a mask/face covering in healthcare settings.

Read the NHSE&I letter here

Read the update UK Health Security Agency guidance for staff and patients exposed to COVID-19