COVID-19: Pharmacy test and collect rolls-out across Hampshire

From Monday 26 April, Hampshire residents without symptoms can access free supervised testing, or collect kits to self-test at home, from participating pharmacies across the county

The County Council’s Director of Public Health, Simon Bryant, said: “Regular, twice-weekly testing is encouraged for everyone without symptoms, to help us identify more positive cases and break chains of transmission – helping us to get back to a more normal way of life.

Rapid testing on a regular basis gives us all peace of mind that we are not putting our family, friends, co-workers or communities at risk, and pharmacies offer a quick and convenient means of getting a test or collecting a kit to self-test at home.

Make test-record-repeat part of your weekly routine to help suppress the spread of the virus and protect the people around you.

“I would remind everyone that a positive result from a lateral flow test means you must follow self-isolation guidance and book a follow-up PCR test as soon as possible. 

If you have a negative result from a lateral flow test, you must still follow ‘hands, face, space’ guidance. Alongside the COVID vaccine, these basic behaviours and regular testing are the most effective ways of keeping infection rates down and getting us safely on the road to a summer of freedoms.”

In Hampshire, over 200 pharmacies are providing the national collect scheme. From Monday 26 April, over 40 of these pharmacies will also be offering on-site supervised lateral flow testing.

This is a drop-in service but anyone wishing to have a supervised test is advised to phone ahead where possible, to enable pharmacy staff to schedule appointments and reduce waiting times.

Until Friday 30 April, community testing sites for those without symptoms, are continuing to offer supervised lateral flow testing, as well as test kit collection.

These sites will continue to operate while the pharmacy scheme is being established and will be closed from 1 May. Information about community testing sites is available on the County Council’s website.

Hampshire’s symptomatic testing sites will continue to offer test kit collection for people without symptoms from 2.30pm to 8pm, alongside the pharmacy scheme.

Lateral flow testing and the test kit collection scheme are for people without symptoms.

Anyone with symptoms of coronavirus must book a PCR test or call 119.