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Scottish dispensing GPs to take part in COVID-19 LFT distribution service

Service to run for one month initially

June 29th 2021

Tagged: DM Zone news Scotland COVID19

By Ailsa Colquhoun

NHS Scotland has introduced a dispensing GP practice COVID-19 test kit distribution service. This is designed to allow asymptomatic people to collect LFD test kits, free of charge, for home testing.

From July 1, practices will be paid:

  • a participation fee of £450 to cover initial set-up costs including creating an SOP for the service, staff training and storage costs
  • a distribution fee of £2.00 per kit per person.

Free test kits can be ordered from Alliance Healthcare.

The service will be reviewed by the end of August. Commissioning recognises that GP dispensing practices provide a vital role in rural communities by helping members of the public access medication in hard-to-reach areas, according to the Scottish Government.