Tameside & Glossop COVID Update

Services Update: Pharmacy Letter from Change Grow Live (CGL) November 2020

CGL have written to pharmacies in the Tameside and Glossop area to provide an overview of dispensing arrangements during lockdown and changes to payments for supervised consumption.

You can read the letter here.

If you have any queries relating to this update please contact CGL at tameside.referrals@cgl.org.uk or by calling 0161 672 9420.

‘Hot Site’ Update

At the time of writing, available information about ‘hot site(s)’ in your area is given below.

Address Telephone Opening Times
No ‘Hot Site’ clinics confirmed as of yet in Tameside & Glossop

PPE Update

Please refer to the national guidance.

Local Delivery Service

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

Patient leaflet – lockdown medicine deliveries to end 31st July 2020

UPDATE: The local delivery service has now ceased.

To contact the support line at Tameside Council telephone: 0161 342 8355

Lines are open Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm

For information about all Tameside pharmacies and their delivery status click here 

COVID-19 Testing

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.

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