LFD Test Service and Covid-19 medicines delivery unit (CMDU)

COVID-19 Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test kits

The Advanced service to supply eligible patients with COVID-19 Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test kits was launched last Autumn.

The service, which is funded outside of the CPCF global sum, allows eligible patients who have risk factors for progression to severe COVID-19 to obtain LFD test kits from participating community pharmacies.

Access to LFD test kits allows eligible patients to self-test if they have symptoms which suggest they may have COVID-19, with the potential for them to access treatment if the result is positive.

Covid-19 Medicines delivery unit (CMDU)

The NHS offers outpatient treatment to people with COVID-19 who are at the highest risk of becoming seriously ill and have mild symptoms which do not require admission to hospital. This is provided by the Covid-19 Medicines delivery unit (CMDU)

These treatments can reduce the chance of patients getting seriously ill from COVID-19 and need to be given within 5 days after you start to have symptoms.

The Covid-19 medicines delivery unit (CMDU) triage for the Black Country (Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley & Sandwell) is based at New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton and the IV Team is based at Westpark Hospital, Wolverhampton. They provide Covid-19 treatments to people at the highest risk across the area that have tested positive for Covid-19.

How to get treatment

If eligible patients have tested positive for COVID-19 on a Lateral Flow test, and are having symptoms and believe they may be at highest risk of becoming seriously ill, they can access an assessment in the following ways:

  • Contact their GP practice or 111 who may refer them to the service.
  • Phone the CMDU directly on 07775752740 between 8am and 4pm Monday to Friday (including Bank Holidays except Christmas Day)
  • E-mail rwh-tr.cmdu.wolverhampton@nhs.net (accessed Monday to Friday 8-4pm) and include the following information:
    • Full name
    • Date of birth
    • Home address, and address where you are currently staying if different.
    • Current contact phone number (home phone and mobile if available)

If patients have tested positive for Covid:

  • Seek urgent medical help if you have increased shortness of breath by calling 999.
  • If they feel unwell contact their GP or 111.
  • To help manage Covid symptoms visit: https://www.nhs.uk/co

Further information including FAQs for patients can be found at: https://www.royalwolverhampton.nhs.uk/our-services/treatments-for-covid-19.html