The NHS offers treatment to people with COVID-19 who are at the highest risk of becoming seriously ill.

These treatments can reduce the chance of you getting seriously ill from COVID-19 and need to be given quickly after you start to have symptoms.

If you have a health condition, which means that COVID-19 treatments might be suitable for you, how you access treatment is changing.

If you get COVID-19 from Tuesday 27 June 2023:

  1. You will no longer be automatically contacted by the NHS about treatments after reporting a positive COVID-19 test result.

  2. You should instead contact the local NHS Community COVID-19 Treatment service, your GP practice, NHS 111 or a hospital specialist as soon as possible after you test positive so that they can consider referring you for an assessment for treatment.

  3. If you have tested positive for COVID-19:

How to contact the local NHS Community COVID-19 Treatment Service

The local NHS Community COVID-19 Treatment service is available Monday to Friday 8am - 4pm (except for Christmas Day).

You can contact to make a self-referral in the following ways:

Phone: 07775752740


You will need to provide the following information:

  1. name
  2. telephone number
  3. date of birth
  4. NHS number
  5. date of onset of symptoms.

If you have an email address, please share it with your GP and any other NHS care providers so you can be contacted quickly with new information.

If you have a health condition that means that treatments might be suitable for you if you get COVID-19 you should:

  1. keep lateral flow tests at home (see below on how to get lateral flow tests)
  2. take a test if you have COVID-19 symptoms
  3. contact the NHS as soon as possible if you test positive.

For more information on COVID-19 treatments please go to

How to get lateral flow tests

From 6 November 2023, lateral flow tests (known as LFD tests) will no longer be available via GOV.UK or via 119.

Instead, patients/patient representatives can collect one box of five LFD tests from a participating community pharmacy, on confirmation that the patient is part of the cohort that is potentially eligible for COVID-19 treatments.

The test kits will currently continue to be supplied free of charge to these patients.

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