Services Database Needle Exchange (Blackpool Area)

Service ID



Pharmacies will provide access to sterile needles and syringes, and sharps containers for return of used equipment. Associated materials, for example condoms, citric acid and swabs, to promote safe injecting practice and reduce transmission of infections by substance misusers will also be provided.

The pharmacy will provide support and advice to the user, including referral to other health and social care professionals and specialist drug and alcohol treatment services where appropriate.

The pharmacy will promote safe practice to the user, including advice on sexual health and sexually transmitted infections, HIV and Hepatitis C transmission and Hepatitis A and B immunisation.

Location of service

Lancashire LPC


Local Authority (LA)

Method of commissioning

Local Authority contract

Source of funding

Local Authority (LA)

Service type

Needle & syringe programme

Other organisations involved


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Staff should be trained in brief intervention and/or motivational interviewing techniques.

Staff to avail themselves of HORIZON Harm Reduction and Needle Syringe Service Training and any additionally available learning as sexual health and BBV training and over dose prevention.
Staff should have completed Royal Society of Public Health – Understanding Health Improvement level 2 and Health Promotion Level 2 to provide wider health advice and support to clients, but this is not essential.
All staff to undertake training on the safe handling of injecting equipment.
At least one member of the team should attend the local Harm Reduction Forum and Horizon Pharmacy Forum.


This service is available in the Blackpool area only.