Services Database Needle Exchange Scheme (Wakefield Area)

Service ID



Pharmacies will provide access to sterile needles and syringes, and sharps containers for return of used equipment. Where agreed locally, associated materials, for example, condoms, citric acid and swabs to promote and reduce transmission of infections by substance misusers will be provided.

The pharmacy will provide support and advice to the service 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 service user, including advice on sexual health and sexually transmitted infections and hepatitis B immunisation, as well as sign posting to services via leaflets in regards to their drug using lifestyle.

Location of service

West Yorkshire LPC


Local Authority (LA)

Method of commissioning

Local Authority contract

Source of funding

Local Authority (LA)

Service type

Needle & syringe programme

Other organisations involved

Turning Point


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All Staff (and new members as they start) must be made aware that the pharmacy provides a needle and syringe exchange service, must be informed of the risks of infection and precautionary measures to be taken. Only trained staff should be involved in the scheme. Training is organised in conjunction with Turning Point and the Commissioner.

All staff delivering the pharmacy needle exchange service must attend Safer Injecting training and any other training as deemed relevant by Turning Point and the Commissioner.


This service is available in the Wakefield area only.