LFD Service

The Lateral flow device tests supply service for patients potentially eligible for COVID-19 treatments (LFD service) was commissioned as an Advanced service from 6th November 2023.

Further information can be found via: LFD Service – Community Pharmacy England (cpe.org.uk)

From April 2024 there are a number of new eligible patient groups have been added to the service. This includes:

  • People aged 85 years and over;
  • People with end-stage heart failure who have a long-term ventricular assistance device;
  • People on the organ transplant waiting list;
  • People aged 70 years and over, or who have a BMI of 35 kg/m2 or more, diabetes or heart failure, and are resident in a care home; OR Are already hospitalised

Read the updated LFD service specification for more information

Key Documents

The following key documents have now been published. Please read these documents before providing the service.

Sign up to provide service

Pharmacy owners must notify NHS England that they intend to provide the service by completion of an electronic registration through the NHS Business Services Authority’s (NHSBSA) Manage Your Service (MYS) application.

Frequently asked Questions

Visit the CPE LFD service Frequently Asked Questions page for FAQs on the service requirements.


Implementation checklist (PDF)

Template Standard Operating Procedure (Microsoft Word) (Updated March 2024)

Team briefing sheet for the service (PDF) (Updated March 2024)

Eligible patient groups list (PDF) (Updated March 2024)

Data collection form (PDF)