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Free Covid-19 test kits available from pharmacies in Southport and across Sefton

Whilst traditionally we promote plastering and rendering throughout the north west. We wanted to use our platform to draw attention to free Covid-19 tests that are available to the people of Southport, and Merseyside beyond.

Community pharmacy teams in Southport and across Sefton are this month starting to offer free coronavirus (COVID-19) test kits as they help to support the lifting of national restrictions and the pandemic recovery, with the next phase getting underway this Monday 17th May. The new service, called ‘Pharmacy Collect’ service will make coronavirus test kits – also known as lateral flow devices – readily available to the people of Southport without symptoms free of charge from local NHS pharmacies.

Pharmacy Collect offers a convenient location to collect these test kits from. NHS Test and Trace research found that people prefer to access testing close to home, with pharmacists trusted by their local communities.

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 roadmap plan.

Prime Minister 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.

Anyone in Southport can use the NHS Test and Trace Site Finder map to locate participating pharmacies in your area: https://maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk/

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