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SSPs issued for Fluoxetine 30mg capsules & Salazopyrin® EN-Tabs 500mg: Urgent actions required by pharmacy teams

In response to significant ongoing disruption to the supply of Fluoxetine 30mg capsules and Salazopyrin® EN-Tabs 500mg, two Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs) have been been issued by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). Introduced with immediate effect today, Tuesday 20th October 2020, SSP07 has been developed by clinicians and provides pharmacists with procedures to...

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PSNC Briefing 037/20: Serious Shortage Protocol (SSP): SSP08 – Salazopyrin® EN-Tabs 500mg

In response to significant ongoing disruption to the supply of Salazopyrin® EN-Tabs 500mg, a Serious Shortage Protocol (SSP) have been issued by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and these can be accessed on the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) website. This briefing provides information on these SSPs and is intended as a...

15 hours ago

PSNC Briefing 036/20: Serious Shortage Protocol (SSP): SSP07 – Fluoxetine 30mg capsules

In response to significant ongoing disruption to the supply of fluoxetine 30mg capsules, a Serious Shortage Protocol (SSP) have been issued by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and these can be accessed on the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) website. This briefing provides information on these SSPs and is intended as a...

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Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire Support through COVID-19

West Yorkshire contractors, please be aware we are sending regular COVID-19 updates to your shared NHSmail address. Please note the contents and share with your team!  Sign up to our mailing list here.  

Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire's dedicated COVID-19 email (covid-19@cpwy.org) is for contractors to flag any concerns, issues or to request advice or assistance! 

PSNC is the key point of information for pharmacy teams for COVID-19 guidance and information.  Please use the PSNC COVID-19 page that collates current information and resources for community pharmacy in one place.  Please ensure that you have signed up to receive news and updates from PSNC, follow this link to sign up: https://psnc.org.uk/latest-news/email-sign-up/.   


This webpage will not duplicate information on the PSNC website but will share local information / cover topics not available on the PSNC website.  Click on the links below for further information on: 


COVID-19 Update: Weekly Roundup - a weekly briefing of recent COVID-19 updates from both PSNC and Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire.

COVID-19 Services Updates - a regular update of information regarding Advanced and Locally Commissioned Services.


CPWY Tribute and Thanks to West Yorkshire Community Pharmacy Teams

Community pharmacies in West Yorkshire have been working tirelessly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure patients and the public can continue to access their medicines. Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire has created this tribute and thank you for all community pharmacy teams. You are all amazing! Thank you.  The tribute can be found here: https://youtu.be/hfGXer4JAX4.



CD Destruction Process During COVID-19 Pandemic

Health and Wellbeing

Hospital Discharge and Medicines Supply

Hot Sites for COVID-19 Patients 

Increasing the Use of Electronic Repeat Dispensing (eRD)

MCA / MDS / Dosette

Medicines Shortages inc Inhaler Advice

NHS Digital and EPS

Opening Hours

Operational Status Reporting

Over Ordering Repeat Prescriptions

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Pharmacy Delivery Support - All areas

Primary Care Networks (PCNs)

Security Advice for Pharmacies During COVID-19

Sexual Health Services and COVID-19 Changes

‘Sick Day Rules’ for Frail Patients Who are Unwell with COVID-19 or Other Illnesses

Signposting Information

Stay Safe in Your Pharmacy Campaign - August 2020

Supervision Protocols and Updates for West Yorkshire

Testing for Community Pharmacy Staff

Antibody Testing

Training for Pharmacy Teams and Volunteers

Translated Posters for Community Pharmacies



The COVID-19 situation is rapidly changing and evolving.  Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire know that you are seeing high numbers of patients and an increasing demand for advice, OTC medicines and prescriptions. 

Thank you for stepping up to help patients and supporting the increased demands due to COVID-19.

Keeping up-to-date with the latest information and guidance will be essential during this rapidly changing situation.  Other key resources can be accessed on the Government website here.  Please ensure you're checking your NHSmail shared mailbox on a regular basis for updates from NHSE&I. 



COVID-19 Update: Weekly Roundup

Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire has produced a COVID-19 Weekly Roundup, which includes links to the most recent information sent out on COVID-19.  These will be sent out every Monday until further notice.  Make sure you're signed up to our mailing list here to receive regular updates.   


COVID-19 Weekly Roundup - 30th June 2020

COVID-19 Weekly Roundup - 23rd June 2020

COVID-19 Weekly Roundup - 16th June 2020

COVID-19 Weekly Roundup - 9th June 2020

COVID-19 Weekly Roundup - 2nd June 2020

COVID-19 Weekly Roundup - 27th May 2020

COVID-19 Weekly Roundup - 19th May 2020

COVID-19 Weekly Roundup - 12th May 2020

COVID-19 Weekly Roundup - 5th May 2020 

COVID-19 Weekly Roundup - 28th April 2020

COVID-19 Weekly Roundup - 21st April 2020

COVID-19 Weekly Roundup - 14th April 2020

COVID-19 Weekly Roundup - 7th April 2020

COVID-19 Weekly Roundup - 31st March 2020 

COVID-19 Weekly Roundup - 25th March 2020



COVID-19 Services Updates

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic it is likely that we will see a number of changes to services as we work with commissioners to try to adapt to the rapidly changing situation. We will endeavour to keep you up to date with any important service updates during this period. 

We are acutely aware of the pressures currently being felt by our pharmacy teams during this time and thus we have contacted all commissioners of our local services to advise that service provision may be impacted as pharmacy teams rightly focus on medicines supply – please see here. It is still important however that pharmacies do communicate any service provision difficulties to commissioners as soon as possible and that patients are signposted accordingly so that they can access them when they are needed. If you are experiencing any difficulties please let us know by emailing us at covid-19@cpwy.org

Please see below our COVID-19 Services Updates, which include information on changes and updates to both Advanced and Locally Commissioned Services.  Make sure you're signed up to our mailing list here to receive regular updates. 


COVID-19 Services Update - 14th August 2020

COVID-19 Services Update - 20th July 2020

COVID-19 Services Update - 22nd June 2020

COVID-19 Services Update - 13th May 2020

COVID-19 Services Update - 7th April 2020 



CD Destruction Process During COVID-19 Pandemic

Information on the process of destruction of Controlled Drugs (CDs) during the COVID-19 pandemic can be found on our website here: http://www.cpwy.org/pharmacy-contracts-services/essential-services/controlled-drugs.shtml#COVID19.



Health and Wellbeing

Health and wellbeing for individuals, teams and who to support others, both during the COVID-19 outbreak and beyond, is available herehttps://www.wyhpartnership.co.uk/our-priorities/coronavirus-covid-19-information-and-resources/new-workforce-health-and-wellbeing  The resources on the webpage have been selected by a team of health and wellbeing, psychology and organisational development experts, as representing best practice and being accessible to all our health and care colleagues. They have been brought together to support health and wellbeing with a focus on all areas of life, care, and work. This is a longer term offer, with the intention to sustain beyond Covid-19. It recognises that we are all individuals and may require different support at different times, during these challenging times.  

PSNC also has details of wellbeing support that is available on their website here: https://psnc.org.uk/the-healthcare-landscape/covid19/wellbeing-and-testing/



Hospital Discharge and Medicines Supply

 Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trusts 

Due to the current pressures for our hospitals and community pharmacies during the Covid-19 pandemic, patients will be discharged from Leeds hospitals to care homes and community care beds with 28 days of medication (instead of the usual 14 days) which will be supplied in original containers, i.e. bottles and boxes.  We have included some information and a link to some training to help you with this.  

It is important that ALL of this medication is used and that it is not discarded so medication in a monitored dosage system can be used instead.  This will lead to unnecessary waste and potentially shortages of medication.

Please see flowchart below for further information.


Changes to the Supply of Inpatient & Discharge Medicines


Following the previous update during the early phase of the COVID-19 pandemic where the hospital was able to provide patients with 14 days supply of medication for MDS, the hospital is now much busier than it was and they are no longer able to provide 14 days of compliance aids on discharge. Therefore, LTHT will be reverting to supplying 7 days of compliance aids on discharge from 1st June 2020.  They recognise that community pharmacy is still under significant pressure but hope that you understand their position and appreciate their attempts to support community pharmacy during the early phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Please ensure that you check your emails regularly for any hospital discharge information that may be sent to you through PharmOutcomes, so that this can be actioned promptly.

Thank you for your support with this. 

Contact for queries the Prescribing team: leedsccg.prescribingteam@nhs.net.


Hot Sites for COVID-19 Patients

As part of the NHS strategic response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, CCGs and general practices have been asked to put in place local arrangements to enable infected patients to be provided with a face-to-face consultation, while also ensuring appropriate separation of these patients from others, particularly the extremely vulnerable group.  ‘Hot Sites’ are being set up at general practices, out-of-hours hubs or other locations across West Yorkshire.

More informaton on Hot Sites and details of where the surgery Hot Sites are located can be found in the briefing below.


Hot Sites Briefing - 18th August 2020


Accessing GP Services During COVID-19 - CCG Information




Increasing the Use of Electronic Repeat Dispensing (eRD)

GP practices are being asked to increase the use of eRD in suitable patients as part of the pandemic response, (see here)and it is therefore expected that community pharmacies will start to see a sudden increase in the numbers of patients on eRD.  In support of this initiative, CCGs have developed a number of resources for pharmacy teams and GP practices for use within their respective areas (see below). All GP practices planning to move to eRD should discuss with their local community pharmacies prior to switching.


Bradford & Craven

Electronic Repeat Dispensing - Bradford & Airedale



eRD FAQs and Top Tips for Community Pharmacy

Step by Step SystmOne eRD Guide Wakefield



MCA / MDS / Dosette

As part of business continuity planning, pharmacies should consider a review of MCA provision.  Patients can be assessed to determine the level of risk posed to the individual by removing MCA provision (low / medium / high). An Equality Act assessment may also be required to determine any additional support necessary in relation to their long-term disability.

For patients who are low risk, it would be prudent to start removing MCA provision as soon as possible, by moving to supply in original packs, or original pack dispensing plus a MAR chart where appropriate, thus freeing up capacity to enable the pharmacy team to start assessments with patients who are in the medium risk group.

See PSNC resources to help you review your MCA provision to all patients and Care Homes as part of your business continuity plans: https://psnc.org.uk/the-healthcare-landscape/covid19/business-continuity/

Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire has shared the following statement and guidance with the rest of the system.


Re – The Emerging COVID-19 Situation & Provision of Multi-Compartment Compliance Aids (MCAs)

You will no doubt be aware of the essential role community pharmacy is playing in supporting the NHS in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic - undoubtedly one of the biggest challenges ever faced by us all.

Pharmacy teams are under intense pressure at the moment, working on the front line of the health service. They may start to lose team members either through infection, self-isolation or parental / caring responsibilities.  As a result, many of our contractors are having to urgently assess business continuity arrangements which I wanted to inform you, WILL undoubtedly include reviewing patients currently using MCAs (MDS or dosette boxes). Contractors may decide to remove this service for some patients instead moving them to original packs. Please refer to further information here and  here published by PSNC.


Supply of medicines for all the community remains the first priority for community pharmacy.

All parts of the health and social care system are working incredibly hard to support people and their families.  During these challenging times we need to understand that professionals will need to depart from usual processes, whilst still following legal requirements.  We are all doing our best in difficult circumstances.  We trust that we will have your full support during this incredibly difficult period. 

COVID-19 Contingency - Safe Administration of Medicines: March 2020 


CQC statement on MDS during COVID-19: https://www.cqc.org.uk/guidance-providers/adult-social-care/covid-19-medicines-information-adult-social-care-providers


This guidance promotes original pack first line and a section on guidance for changing from MDS to Original Pack.



Medicines Shortages inc Inhaler Advice

Contractors are encouraged to continue to report stock shortages and stock unobtainable at tariff price through the usual mechanism to PSNC.  Reporting shortages to PSNC is essential to help PSNC in their concession conversations with the Department of Health and Social Care.

PSNC reporting page here.  Further details on Medicines Shortages on our website: http://www.cpwy.org/pharmacy-contracts-services/essential-services/dispensing.shtml#MS.


Inhaler Shortages

In response to the shortages of inhalers, CCGs in West Yorkshire have shared the guidance below:

Inhaler Shortages - Guide for Alternative Inhalers - All areas

Inhaler Shortages - Guide for Alternative Inhalers (Leeds)


On 6th April 2020, NICE’s Medicines Awareness Service shared information on respiratory inhalers, from the British Thoracic Society (BTS) which can be found here.


Shortages: Communication with Prescribers

When communicating with GP practices regarding shortages, it is helpful if the pharmacy can let the practice know what they have in stock (or what is available).  Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire know that you are all very busy but sharing current stock available when referring a script back to the prescriber should reduce the workload for pharmacies as it avoids repeatedly having to return the script.

If you are having issues in communicating / getting hold of your GP practice, please let us know by emailing: covid-19@cpwy.org

Stock Shortages: SBAR Guide - July 2019


Clenil MDI

Chiesi have announced that the colour of Clenil 100mcg MDI is changing temporarily from brown with a beige cap to beige with a yellow cap.   See https://www.chiesi.uk.com/supply-of-chiesi-products.


NHS Digital and EPS - Update

NHS Digital's work to support the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic includes work across several EPS-related projects. In the document below, there is some information and key messages for prescribers that Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire has collated and sent out to CCGs and LMCs. You may wish to share this with your local GP practices.

CPWY Update: NHS Digital and EPS



Opening Hours

For current advice and guidance on opening hours including closed door working, temporary closing and responsible pharmacist guidance see the Network Resilience pages of the PSNC website: https://psnc.org.uk/the-healthcare-landscape/covid19/  
Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire sent the following message to CCGs and LMCs on 25th March 2020: 
Opening Hours Message 



Operational Status Reporting

Pharmacies are asked to regularly update their operational status on PharmOutcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic period.  The template, which is quick to use, allows pharmacies to rate their operational status against a simple red, amber, green traffic light system, and provides valuable feedback to Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire on the challenges being faced by our pharmacy teams. 

If the pharmacy is having to close because it can no longer operate safely (e.g. RED status), a closure notice must be sent to the regional NHS England team and the Directory of Services (DOS) team must be informed. Completing the template as a red status will pre-populate a closure notice, (this will include all the required information in line with Annex 14 of the pharmacy manual – reporting an unplanned closure), which can then be sent to the NHSE&I Regional Team by emailing: england.wyat-phes@nhs.net.  

PharmOutcomes User Guide - Operational Status Reporting



Over Ordering Repeat Prescriptions

As some people scramble to stockpile medicines and supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic, this is putting unprecedented pressure on pharmacy teams and the supply chain more generally. These resources are not Leeds specific and can be used across West Yorkshire.
Leeds CCG has produced some resources to help with the messaging to patients about ordering medicines. Leeds branded posters can be accessed here.
Non-area specific resources can be accessed below. Graphics for social media are also available here.
Medicines Supplies - Poster
Medicines Supplies - Web Banner 
This includes a text messages for practices to send to patients:
"Stop over ordering repeat prescriptions and requests for advance medicine supplies – please do not over order your repeat prescriptions and order as you would normally do. Do not ask for an increased supply if you don’t need it, only order one month at a time".
PSNC has information on Supply of Medicines in their COVID-19 pages here:  https://psnc.org.uk/the-healthcare-landscape/covid19/supply-of-medicines/.  


Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Escalation Route 

Please see details of the national PPE portal on the PSNC website here: https://psnc.org.uk/our-news/ppe-portal-now-live-for-community-pharmacy/.  This portal is for emergency use only.

If you are unable to access PPE via the PPE portal and urgently require emergency PPE stocks the West Yorkshire escalation process can be followed: 

NHSE&I - West Yorkshire PPE Letter

To help us support you, we ask that where you have ongoing issues with PPE supplies that you inform Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire by emailing: covid-19@cpwy.org.  Additional information on PPE is available from PSNC here



Pharmacy Delivery Support

A Pharmacy Delivery Support service has been set up to help support community pharmacy in managing deliveries to patients.

This allows pharmacies to request a volunteer driver to assist them with delivery of prescriptions.  The process is simple – you email a request and will then be informed of who will be your Pharmacy Delivery Support worker for the next day.

Pharmacy Delivery Support has not been put in place to enable a pharmacy to deliver to all patients.  The support is there to help pharmacies continue to support vulnerable patients who are unable to come to the pharmacy themselves and do not have a trusted person who can collect medication on their behalf..

Please see the documents below for more information on the Pharmacy Delivery Support services in Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield and how to request this service.  


Pharmacy Delivery Support - Information for Contractors - Updated 22nd April 2020

Pharmacy Delivery Support - Advice for Delivering Medicines

PDS Request Proforma (Word) - Updated 22nd April 2020

PDS: Wakefield District Request for Assistance

PDS Manifest Templates 

Declaration for NHS Medicines Delivery Volunteers to Sign 

PDS Confidentiality Agreement - Volunteer Drivers



Primary Care Networks (PCNs)

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic crisis and for the foreseeable future, the PCN Community Pharmacy Representatives have been asked to suspend their role with the PCN to allow them to focus their efforts on core pharmacy activities and patient care.  In the interim, Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire will be they key contact for PCNs.

We would encourage pharmacy contractors to use the Gaggle Groups, created for each PCN area, to share information (e.g. regarding stock availability and workforce issues) and generally support your pharmacy colleagues working in the PCN area.  You can access your Gaggle Group via your pharmacy shared NHSmail address.

Thank you for all your efforts and everything you have done to date, both with regard to Primary Care Networks and the current COVID-19 crisis. 



Security Advice for Pharmacies During COVID-19

The National Business Crime Centre, a UK organisation hosted within the Metropolitan Police Service, has published new security advice for pharmacies during COVID-19. This includes advice on security of the premises, opening and closing times, secure storage, customers and deliveries, and ensuring any incidents are reported to the police. This information is available from the RPS but is accessible to all, including non-members.


Calls requesting information about stock levels

During the past weeks the police in the UK are aware of telephone calls to pharmacies from persons claiming to be from the police.  Those persons requested information regarding stocks of medicines, storage, security measures and vulnerability.  The police have now established several of the calls made were in fact genuine and had good intent, but a number of others were in fact false. 

Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire is aware that pharmacies are getting increasing numbers of requests for an update on current end of life drug stocks.  Pharmacies are reminded to be extra vigilant of any caller asking them for stock levels, particularly of CDs or drugs liable to misuse: 

  • Satisfy yourself as to the identity of the caller.  Record the telephone number displayed, if not withheld.
  • Ask the person for their full name, where are they based, do they have a landline as well as a mobile.
  • Get them to define the nature of their call.  What exactly do they want to know. Take control and direct the conversation.
  • Be mindful of the caller asking for quantities of stock held, opening times, number of staff, the location of the CD (Controlled Drug) cabinet or even the layout of the premises or even keyholder details.
  • Are they asking about physical security measures, the alarm, CCTV or deliveries from the wholesaler? This should raise your suspicions, or something is wrong.
  • If you feel pressured and in order to give yourself more time, ask them to ring back at a specific time.  This will give you time to verify if they are genuine. 

West Yorkshire Police has confirmed that they would not contact a pharmacy for any of these details. NHSE&I will usually email pharmacies first before they contact them to ask details of palliative care stocks held.


West Yorkshire Police Controlled Drugs Liaison Officer

Contact Details: Nicola Brookes

West Yorkshire Police


Telephone: 01924 293131


West Yorkshire Police - Letter to Community Pharmacies


In response to concerns that have been brought to the attention of the police and Crime Commissioner, including those raised by Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire, the police and Crime Commissioner has issued the following statement that can be found here.



Sexual Health Services & COVID-19 Changes

In response to the COVID-19 epidemic many of our local Sexual Health Service providers have made changes to services with many walk in clinics now being temporarily suspended.  Please see the document below for details. This information may be useful when signposting patients to these services. 

Sexual Health Services and COVID-19 Changes

Wakefield Sexual Health Poster



‘Sick Day Rules’ for Frail Patients Who are Unwell with COVID-19 or Other Illnesses

Please consider 'Sick Day Rules' in frail patients who are unwell with COVID-19 or other illnesses during the pandemic.  If a patient is unwell with any of the below then consider temporarily stopping some medication (see Crib Sheet below for more information):

  • Fevers, sweats and shaking.
  • Vomiting or diarrhoea (unless only minor).

Restart after 24-48 hours of eating and drinking normally.


Sick Day Rules: Crib Sheet 


What is the Problem?

Some medicines should be avoided when patients have an illness that makes them dehydrated. This is because they can either increase the risk of dehydration or because dehydration can lead to potentially serious side effects of the medicine.



Signposting Information

Signposting information for pharmacies during the COVID-19 pandemic, can be found on our website here: http://www.cpwy.org/pharmacy-contracts-services/essential-services/signposting.shtml#COVID19.

Your COVID Recovery – Website to Support People with Ongoing Symptoms on Their Road to Recovery

Evidence shows that a significant proportion of post COVID-19 patients are likely to have significant ongoing health problems, notably breathing difficulties, tiredness and cough, reduced muscle function, reduced ability to undertake physical activity and psychological symptoms such as PTSD and reduced mood status. Your COVID Recovery is a new NHS website designed to help people recover from the long-term effects of COVID-19 and support them to manage their recovery. It includes information from rehabilitation experts about how to manage ongoing symptoms and health needs at home, and signposts to sources of support. https://www.yourcovidrecovery.nhs.uk/



Stay Safe in Your Pharmacy Campaign - August 2020

Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire has made available key messages for the public and patients about accessing pharmacy services.  These resources are listed below, and pharmacies are encouraged to use these including on social media.  The resources include posters that can be printed and displayed within the pharmacy to assist with messaging within the pharmacy premises.

Stay Safe in Your Pharmacy Poster

Stay Safe in Your Pharmacy Poster - Safely Opening

Stay Safe in Your Pharmacy Poster - Safely Providing

Stay Safe in Your Pharmacy Poster - Safely Working

Stay Safe in Your Pharmacy Email Footer



Supervision Protocols and Updates

Changes to Supervision Service Payments 

At the start of the pandemic, Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire worked with all the commissioners to ensure that contractors received fair remuneration and minimal disruption throughout the pandemic, and ‘legacy’ or ‘average payments’ were agreed for the first six months of the pandemic. However, this is now coming to an end and from the 1st October 2020, payment will revert back to ACTIVITY based payment in all areas of West Yorkshire.


Guidance for Contractors to Help Minimise Losses with Supervision Prescriptions 

The following bulletin will provide more information to ensure that you are using PharmOutcomes correctly and also that you are endorsing prescriptions to enable you to claim effectively so that you are minimising any losses.  


Commissioners have written to contractors in each of the areas with details of prescription changes, service provision and ongoing service payments effective from 1st October 2020.


Calderdale Supervision Funding Update - 1st October 2020

Kirklees Supervision Funding Update - 8th September 2020 

Leeds Supervision Payment Update Letter 27th August 2020

Wakefield Supervision Payment Update - September 2020


Full details of the Supervised Consumption Service in each of the West Yorkshire areas along with commissioner contacts can be found here.



COVID-19 Testing for Community Pharmacy Staff

Essential Workers and members of their household who have symptoms should continue to register for a test through the Self-Referral and Employer Portals on gov.uk

Alternatively, pharmacy staff and members of their household can access testing via CCG satellite sites in Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield.  A document briefing details of how to access COVID-19 testing within the West Yorkshire key worker satellite sites can be accessed below:


COVID-19 Testing for Community Pharmacy Staff - Briefing (Updated 28th August 2020)  - The most up to date information on testing can be found in this document.


The satellite sites are not open to any member of the public as they are reserved to focus on Keyworkers and other outreach activities. They are not listed when contacting the public testing gov.uk or 119. 

Please see the following information on how NHS employees can get tested for COVID-19. PSNC information on pharmacy testing is available here

All satellite testing sites are by appointment only and are not open to the public.  This guidance is confidential and for sharing within pharmacy teams only. Please do not publish or share it further.


Arrangements for booking a test for members of the public 

Testing is now open to any member of the public with COVID-19 symptoms by visiting nhs.uk/coronavirus or calling 119 to book a test.


MHRA testing guidance

MHRA have produced guidance on the different types of tests and testing kits for COVID-19, and the specifications for manufacturers. They have also re-written the guidance 'For patients, the public and professional users: a guide to COVID-19 tests and testing kits' to make it clearer how the different types of tests work, and who can use them.


Antibody Testing

Those wishing to have an antibody test need to access the testing site for the area in which the pharmacy that they work at is placed.
Staff wanting to access an antibody test they need to:
  • Read and understand the content of the letter relevant to their area.
  • Understand the need to use PPE / social distance and isolate if necessary irrespective of the result.
  • Read and sign the consent form and bring it with them on the day of their blood test (if not the test will not be undertaken).

Bradford and Airedale

Testing will take place at Skipton General Hospital and St Lukes Hospital.  Further details and consent form in the document below. 

Antibody Testing Letter & Consent Form - Bradford and Airedale


Calderdale and Huddersfield

This testing is only for pharmacy contractors and their staff in the Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield areas.  The testing will now take place at the following locations - Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, Calderdale Royal Hospital, Mill Hill Health Centre and Broad Street Plaza.  See the document below for further details.

Antibody Testing Invite - Calderdale



Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will be providing appointments for antibody testing.  This testing is only for pharmacy contractors and their staff in the Leeds Area. The testing will take place at Seacroft Hospital.  See the documents below for further information.

Antibody Testing Leeds - Email

Antibody Testing Leeds - Information

Antibody Testing Leeds - Difference Between COVID-19 Tests


North Kirklees and Wakefield (Mid-Yorks)

The clinic will run from 8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday up to and including 25th September 2020 and will be held at the Oakwell Centre, Dewsbury and District Hospital (via the last entrance to the hospital on the right from Heald Road); Trust Headquarters and Education Centre, Pinderfields Hospital, and at the Urgent Treatment Centre at Pontefract Hospital.   Tests must be booked prior to the appointment by calling: 01924 546415.  Further details and consent form in the document below. 
Antibody Testing Letter & Consent Form - Mid Yorks

Training for Pharmacy Teams Volunteers

More information around training for pharmacy teams and volunteers can be found on our website here: http://www.cpwy.org/training-development/events.shtml#covid19.



Translated Posters for Community Pharmacies 

Public Health Leeds has recently developed a number of translated posters which we are sharing as community pharmacies may find these useful.  The posters, which cover the following 3 messages, are available in 11 community languages: 

  • Anyone can spread coronavirus - do not enter this building if you have these symptoms (note, this poster does not include the new symptom of loss of taste or smell).
  • Keep your distance - a reminder about keeping 2m apart at all times.
  • Things you can do to help stop the virus spreading. 

Bengali COVID-19 Posters

Czech COVID-19 Posters

Farsi COVID-19 Posters

Kurdish-Sorani COVID-19 Posters

Lithuanian COVID-19 Posters

Pashto COVID-19 Posters

Polish COVID-19 Posters

Romanian COVID-19 Posters

Slovak COVID-19 Posters

Tigrinya COVID-19 Posters

Urdu COVID-19 Posters




Last Updated: 7th October 2020