Free lateral flow tests: These are all the pharmacies in Pontefract, Castleford, Normanton and South Elmsall where you can now pick up free Covid tests

Pharmacies across the Five Towns have said they are "really excited" to begin offering free Covid-19 test kits.

By Holly Gittins
Wednesday, 14th April 2021, 1:31 pm
Updated Wednesday, 14th April 2021, 1:34 pm

Community pharmacies across the district have begun offering the test kits as part of a new Pharmacy Collect service.

The lateral flow test kits, which are available to anyone who does not have coronavirus symptoms and provide results in 30 minutes, can no be collected for free from pharmacies across Wakefield and West Yorkshire.

Kiran Verdi, from The Pharmacy Group in Alwoodley, Leeds said: “As a community pharmacist, I am really excited about starting the Pharmacy Collect service.

Free lateral flow tests: These are all the pharmacies in Pontefract, Castleford, Normanton and the Five Towns where you can now pick up free Covid tests. Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

"Our pharmacy has been offering public health services for several years and my patients have been extremely positive about these.

"There is so much that pharmacists and their teams can do to help our communities as the Covid restrictions are eased."

Anyone can request a box of test kits from the pharmacy counter for regular testing at home or elsewhere.

The full list of locations offering free home test kits in the Five Towns is as follows:

Bestway National Chemists Limited, Savile Road, Castleford - open 8.30am to 6.30pm

Superdrug, Carlton Street, Castleford - open 9am to 5.30pm

Boots, Carlton Lanes Shopping Centre - open 9am to 5.30pm

Gorgemead Limited, Carlton Street, Castleford - open 8am to 6.30pm

Castleford Jv Limited, Castleford Health Centre - open 8am to 11pm

Gorgemead Limited, Smawthorne Lane, Castleford - open 8.30am to 6.15pm

Asda, Leeds Road, Castleford - open 7am to 11pm

Lloyds Pharmacy, The Square, Airedale - open 8.30am to 7pm

Missionstart, Tieve Tara Surgery, Castleford - open 8am to 6.30pm

Exel, High Street, Normanton - open 7am to 11pm

Missionstart, Kings Street Medical Centre, Normanton - open 8am to 7pm

M&A Pharmacies, Castleford Road, Normanton - open 9am to 3pm

M&A Pharmacies, Lee Brig, Altofts - open 9am to 6pm

Lloyds Pharmacy, St Michael's Green, Normanton - open 8.30am to 6pm

Gorgemead Limited, Northgate, Pontefract - open 8am to 6.30pm

Medichem, Stuart Road Surgery, Pontefract - open 8.30am to 6.30pm

Boots, Beastfair - open 8.30am to 6pm

Llloyds Pharmacy, Carlton Glen, Pontefract - open 8am to 8pm

Imaan Ltd, The Circle, Pontefract - open 9am to 6pm

L Rowland and Co, Cow Lane, Knottingley - open 9am to 6pm

Eggborough Pharmacy, England Lane, Knottingley - open 6.30am to 10.30pm

Tomlinsons of Lytham, Headlands Lane, Knottingley - open 9am to 6pm

Gorgemead, Station Lane Medical Centre, Featherstone - open 8.30am to 6.30pm

Gorgemead, Station Lane, Featherstone - open 9am to 8.30pm

SKF Lo, Barnsley Road, Ackworth - open 9am to 6pm

Whitworth Chemists, Kinsley Medical Centre - open 9am to 6pm

Hughes Chemists, Madeley Road, Havercroft - open 9am to 6.30pm

Lloyds Pharmacy, Market Street, Hemsworth - open 8am to 6pm

Gorgemead, The Grange Medical Centre, Hemsworth - open 8am to 11pm

Tesco in-store pharmacy, Market Street, Hemsworth - open 6.30am to 10.30pm

Lloyds Pharmacy, Stockingate, South Kirkby - open 9am to 6pm

South Kirkby Healthcare, Church View Health Centre - open 8.30am to 6.30pm

Boots, Barnsley Road, South Elmsall - open 9am to 5.30pm

L Rowland and Co, Barnsley Road, South Elmsall - open 9am to 6.30pm

Lloyds Pharmacy, Wrangbrook Road, Upton - open 9am to 6.15pm

Ruth Buchan, chief executive at Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire, said: “Community pharmacy provision of Covid testing means that people across West Yorkshire will have greater access to this service.

"Many people may choose pharmacy for health services because they can visit pharmacies in a variety of locations and at a time that suits them.

"Community pharmacists are looking forward to doing their bit as people return to work and education.

"This is just one of many examples of how pharmacy teams have helped support patients, the public and the nation during the pandemic.”