Oldham COVID Update


PPE Update

The advice is to use the NSDR stock initially but there are some emergency stocks locally for health and care providers who have not been able to get stock. Requests can be made to access this stock by emailing pperequest@oldham.gov.uk

Further contact details

Telephone – 0161 770 4874

Mobile – 07970 654 512

Individuals should avoid texting the mobile number as both phones have voicemail facilities.

Please Note: Opening times are Monday-Friday 12pm-5pm.

COVID-19 Testing

If you have employees that you would like to refer to be tested please discuss this with them and complete the template below.  Once completed please send to the ASCCommissioning@Oldham.gov.uk email address so we can process it. Requests must be with us by 11am on any day in order to be prioritised and actioned that day. Remember to include the contact details of the person you wish to be tested.

Provider Referral Template_C19 testing


UPDATE: You can arrange testing at the Queen Elizabeth Hall by appointment, Monday – Friday 9.15am – 3.50pm.  Please see the contact details below;

Swabbing Centre 07790 989094 / 0161 826 0367

Email oldccg.communityswabbing@nhs.net


We would advise contractors to either access a test via the national test centre OR via the local testing arrangements.

National Testing 

Frontline workers, including community pharmacy staff in England, can access free testing for COVID-19, via the Department of Health and Social Care’s (DHSC) national testing service.

Testing will allow those currently unable to return to work because they or a member of their family or household have symptoms of coronavirus to know whether they do have the virus.

An online portal developed by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will be used to allow community pharmacy staff, to book a test at one of the national test centres. This online portal is a temporary facility and it will be replaced by a permanent digital booking system; updated details of how to book a test will be provided when the new system goes live.

Testing has been available to some community pharmacy staff over the last few weeks, where this was organised at a local level by the NHS (see below)

For information about eligibility and how to access testing at a national test centre click here

In line with national guidance, NHSE/I are mobilising testing for health and social care staff.

Eligibility for testing is as follows:

  • Self-isolating because NHS worker is symptomatic: In this instance the NHS keyworker is the only eligible person in their household to receive a COVID-19 test. No other members of their household are eligible.
  • Self-isolating because an adult (over 18) in their household is symptomatic, but the key worker is not: In this instance only the adult household member(s) of the NHS keyworker is eligible to come to a test centre to receive a COVID-19 test. It is that household member(s) whose data must be collected and sent to The National Test Centres – with the key workers name noted. The key worker will not receive a test. If more than one household member is symptomatic, but not the NHS worker, then all household members should be tested.
  • Self-isolating because a child (under 18) in their household member is symptomatic, but the key worker is not: we are awaiting further guidance on this
  • Self-isolating for other reasons: If the NHS keyworker is self-isolating for other reasons and is not themselves symptomatic, they are not eligible to be tested


Local Delivery Service

Please view the latest information from PSNC regarding the Pandemic Delivery Service here


Update: The local delivery service ran by Oldham CCG Meds Opt Team has been stood down  due to a fall in demand since the ease of lockdown

The medicines optimisation team shall continue to work closely with the local authority to review the need for this service on an regular basis.


Volunteer Delivery Drivers 

Please note if you work for a company please check with your head office your company’s position on using volunteers before using them.

Please remember the first option is to ask the patient if they have someone who can collect for them.

Pharmacies should consider using volunteers to deliver medicines to patients as this will reduce the amount of contact the pharmacy team is having with patients e.g. one volunteer delivering to 10 patients means you are only seeing one person instead of ten thus reducing the risk of infection. This should also help reduce phone calls asking about deliveries.

For the purpose of this guidance volunteers are broadly split into two groups:

A)Re-deployed workers where you can satisfy yourself that appropriate checks have been completed, which may, where necessary include DBS checks by their employer.  Also could be familiar with entering the public’s homes to undertake specific tasks

B)Individuals belonging to a volunteer group who must also be DBS checked – these individuals will be providing their time and support free of charge to individuals through belonging to the volunteer group

Please ensure that you have conducted due diligence if you are going to use either re-deployed workers or volunteers.

Things to consider (please note this list is not exhaustive;

Background check

    1. Identity of the re-deployed public sector worker
    2. It would be reasonable to check for an ID badge
    3. Identity of the volunteer group / individual

DBS checked



There is free training available for delivery drivers which covers storage of medicines in transit, vehicle security, safe delivery and dealing with undelivered medicines. See the RPS for more details (scroll down the page to the table)

Signing delivery SOP


Suitability of medicines to be delivered – a conversation with the responsible pharmacist will identify which medicines can be delivered.

Re-deployed or volunteers should not be asked to deliver Schedule  2 and 3 CDs



This update contains important information for community pharmacy teams about the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.