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Community pharmacy contractors those who wish to sign up to the NHS community pharmacy Covid-19 lateral flow device distribution service have been reminded that there is an early sign-up fee for those who sign up to provide the service by April 18.

Contractors who sign up by April 18 and who deliver the service until June 30 will receive an early sign-up fee of £200 + VAT. A one-off set-up fee of £250 + VAT will also be paid to contractors who sign up to the service, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) said.

“The payment of £250 + VAT covers set-up costs including creating a standard operating procedure for the service and training staff who will be involved in providing the service, and storage costs for the test kits ordered from wholesalers,” the pharmacy body said.

Contractors who sign up to provide the service by April 18 will therefore receive £450 + VAT in up-front payments for the service, in addition to the service fee for each transaction undertaken.

PSNC has published a number of resources to support contractors with the implementation and delivery of this new service.

Further information on the service requirements, the service specification and the additional PSNC resources can all be accessed on our new C-19 lateral flow device distribution service webpage.

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