Bradford Needle Exchange Scheme

The Bradford Needle Exchange Scheme was launched in 1987 as an initiative to prevent the spread of HIV, Hepatitis and other infections through injecting drug use. It operates through a large number of pharmacies and drug services across the Bradford district, and provides a comprehensive range of free equipment, information and advice.

The service is aimed at anyone involved in injecting drug use, from people who are injecting street drugs such as heroin, through to bodybuilders using steroids. All information collected by the scheme is kept confidential.

We also provide comprehensive safe disposal facilities and all clients are strongly encouraged to return their used works for safe disposal.

The Bradford scheme scored maximum marks for quality and standards in the Healthcare Commission audit into Harm Reduction Services in 2008.

To access this service please contact:

  • The BRIDGE Project
    35 Salem Street
    Bradford BD1 4QH
    Telephone 01274 723863; or 
  • Project 6
    6 Temple Street
    Keighley
    BD21 2AD
    Telephone 01535 610480.

For further information please contact the Needle Exchange Co-ordinator

What to do if you have found a needle

Finding a used needle or syringe can be worrying. Although there is little risk of contracting HIV infection, there is a very small chance that any cut or injury caused by a used needle could result in Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, tetanus or similar infection.

Children should be told to immediately inform an adult if they find a discarded needle, but not to touch or play with it.

How to dispose of used needles and syringes

  1. Find a container, e.g. a coke can/bottle, or glass jar with a secure lid. The container needs to be made of strong material that is unable to be pierced. 
  2. Wear thick gloves (e.g. gardening gloves) when handling needles or syringes. 
  3. Take the container to the needles and avoid carrying used needles around. Pick up and hold the syringe by the base and not the point of the needle. 
  4. Once you have safely secured the needle and syringe, you can take them to a needle exchange pharmacy, GP, The BRIDGE Project or Project Six where they will be safely disposed of. 
  5. In the event of finding a number of needles please call 01274 431000.

Needlestick injury

If you injure yourself with a needle, remain calm and try not to panic; encourage the wound to bleed by squeezing firmly and hold under cold running water for up to 5 minutes. Dry the wound and apply a plaster. Do not suck the wound.

If you are concerned, contact an accident and emergency department or a local drugs agency like The BRIDGE Project or Project Six.

Information about needles and syringes, and health and safety can be obtained from the nearest needle exchange outlet, The BRIDGE Project, Project Six, or health centre.

Bradford Needle Exchange Contractors

  • Cohen’s Pharmacy
    392A Little Horton Lane
    Bradford
    BD5 0NX
    01274 722564 
  • Hussain’s Pharmacy
    141 North Street
    Keighley
    BD21 3AU
    01535 602737 
  • Rowlands Pharmacy
    Whetley Medical Centre
    4 Saplin Street
    Bradford
    BD8 9DW
    01274 490560 
  • Rowlands Pharmacy
    36A Halifax Road
    Cullingworth
    BD13 5DE
    01535 275376 
  • Raj’s Chemist
    7 The Square
    Lower Grange
    Bradford
    BD8 0QB
    01274 884751 
  • Superdrug Pharmacy
    32-34 Bank Street
    Bradford
    BD1 1PR
    01274 739085 
  • Lloyds Pharmacy
    1 Fair Road
    Wibsey
    BD6 1PT
    01274 601047 
  • Lloyds Pharmacy
    The Ridge Medical Centre
    Cousen Road
    Bradford
    BD7 3JX
    01274 502761 
  • Lloyds Pharmacy
    Allerton Health Centre
    Bell Dean Road
    Bradford
    BD15 7WA
    01274 493099 
  • Lloyds Pharmacy
    725 Leeds Road
    Bradford
    BD3 8DG
    01274 664777 
  • City Road Pharmacy
    100-102 City Road
    Bradford
    BD8 8JT
    01274 772066 
  • Boots Pharmacy
    43-45 Beckside Road
    Bradford
    BD7 2JN
    01274 571450 
  • Boots Pharmacy
    162 Clayton Road
    Bradford
    BD7 2RD
    01274 574641 
  • Lloyds Pharmacy
    46-48 Duckworth Lane
    Bradford
    BD9 5HB
    01274 773996 
  • Boots Pharmacy
    48 Ashbourne Road
    Ingrow
    BD21 1LA
    01535 609608 
  • Lloyds Pharmacy
    82-84 Horton Grange Road
    Bradford
    BD7 3AQ
    01274 576561 
  • Rowlands Pharmacy
    66-68 High Street
    Queensbury
    BD13 2PA
    01274 880223 
  • Rowlands Pharmacy
    49 Kirkgate
    Silsden
    BD20 0AQ
    01535 653616 
  • Healthcheck Pharmacy
    127 Great Horton Road
    Bradford
    BD7 1PS
    01274 728502 
  • Cliffe Avenue Pharmacy
    1 Cliffe Avenue
    Baildon
    BD17 6NX
    01274 593274 
  • Cohen’s Pharmacy
    285 Bradford Road
    Shipley
    BD18 3AB
    01274 543115 
  • Rowlands Pharmacy
    Shipley Health Centre
    Alexandra Road
    Shipley
    BD18 3EG
    01274 531214 
  • Healthy Living Pharmacy
    40 Reevy Road West
    Buttershaw
    Bradford
    BD6 3LX
    01274 678100 
  • Boots Pharmacy Unit 3
    Forster Square Retail Park
    Bradford
    BD1 4AU
    01274 733817 
  • Lloyds Pharmacy
    Leylands Medical Centre
    81 Leylands Lane
    Bradford
    BD9 5PZ
    01274 495500 
  • Lloyds Pharmacy
    95 Holme Wood Road
    Bradford
    BD4 9EJ
    01274 682204 
  • Lloyds Pharmacy
    Highfield Medical Centre
    2 Proctor Street
    Bradford
    BD4 9QA
    01274 681320 
  • Lloyds Pharmacy
    124 Undercliffe Road
    Bradford
    BD2 3BN
    01274 626012 
  • Lloyds Pharmacy
    Hillside Bridge Health Centre
    2 Butler Street (West)
    Bradford
    BD3 0BS
    01274 729170 
  • Rimmington's Pharmacy
    9 Bridge Street
    Bradford
    BD1 1RX
    01274 726611 
  • Lloyds Pharmacy
    1054 Manchester Road
    Bradford
    BD5 8NN
    01274 734543 
  • Lloyds Pharmacy
    43 Coventry Street
    Bradford
    BD4 7HX
    01274 392197 
  • Lloyds Pharmacy
    Rooley Lane Medical Centre
    Rooley Lane
    Bradford
    BD4 7SS
    01274 731729 
  • Lloyds Pharmacy
    75 Fagley Road
    Bradford
    BD2 3LS
    01274 637007 
  • 1st Pharmacy
    Fountain Hall
    Fountain Street
    Bradford
    BD1 3RA
    01274 323877 
  • Averroes Pharmacy
    Woodroyd Health Centre
    Woodroyd Road
    Bradford
    BD5 8EL
    01274 225005 
  • Lloyds Pharmacy
    Low Moor Medical Centre
    29 The Plantations
    Bradford
    BD12 0TH
    01274 672429 
  • Pharmacy Care Direct
    48 Gaisby Lane
    Shipley
    BD18 1AX
    01274 586507 
  • Lister Pharmacy
    2-4 Victor Terrace
    Bradford
    BD9 4RQ
    01274 482125 
  • Day Night Pharmacy
    101 Killinghall Road
    Bradford
    BD3 8AB
    01274 667866 
  • Saltaire Pharmacy
    30 Bingley Road
    Bradford
    BD18 4RS
    01274 773472 
  • Project Six
    6 Temple Street
    Keighley
    BD21 2AD
    01535 610180 
  • ACDAT
    The Ingrow Centre
    200 South Street
    Ingrow
    BD21 3DR
    01535 338555 
  • Bridge
    29 Salem Street
    Bradford
    BD1 4QH
    01274 758097 
  • Foundation Housing
    Broadacre House Annex
    George Street
    Bradford
    BD1 5AA
    01274 303384 
  • Substance Support Team
    Bradford Day Shelter
    16-20 Edmund Street
    Bradford
    BD5 0BH
    01274 320782 
  • BCDAT
    Unit 1-3 Fieldhead Business Centre
    Legrams Terrace
    Bradford
    BD7 1LN
    01274 228856 
  • Bradford Working Women's Service
    8-10 Legrams Terrace
    Fieldhead Business Centre
    Bradford
    BD7 1LN
    01274 256136

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Contact details

Needle Exchange Co-ordinator

Phone : 01274 434206
Fax : 01274 392248
Email : john.bolloten@bradford.gov.uk

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