Services Database Needle and Syringe Provision (Bristol Area)

Service ID



The aims of this service are to:

  • assist the service users to remain healthy;
  • contribute to improvements in public health and health protection, and reduce the rate of blood-borne infections and drug related deaths among service users by:
    -      reducing the rate of sharing and other high risk injecting behaviours;
    -      providing sterile injecting equipment and other support;
    -      promoting safer injecting practices; and
    -      providing and reinforcing harm reduction messages including safer sex advice and advice on overdose prevention (e.g. risks of poly-drug use and alcohol use);
  • improve the health of local communities by preventing the spread of blood-borne infections by providing facilities for safe disposal of used injecting equipment;
  • help service users access treatment by offering referral to specialist drug and alcohol treatment services;
  • help service users access appropriate health and social care and to act as a gateway to other services, for example, hepatitis B immunisation, hepatitis and HIV screening, assessment of  need, opiate substitution therapy and key working.

Location of service

Avon LPC


Local Authority (LA)

Method of commissioning

Source of funding

Local Authority (LA)

Service type

Needle & syringe programme

Other organisations involved

Bristol Needle Exchange and Harm Reduction Service


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No formal training is required; however, pharmacists and staff involved in the provision of the service should have relevant knowledge and be appropriately trained in the operation of the service. There is a CPPE open learning programme on 'substance use and misuse' and attendance at locally organised best practice meetings may also provide support for pharmacy contractors who are operating the service.


This service is available in the Bristol area only