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 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.

To access this service please contact:

  • CGL
    30 Manningham Lane
    Bradford BD1 3DN
    Telephone: 01274 723863
  • CGL
    6 Temple Street
    Keighley
    BD21 2AD
    Telephone: 01535 610480

For further information please contact the Needle Exchange Scheme.

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, eg 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 (eg 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

Boots Pharmacy
147-149 Main Street
Bingley
BD16 1AJ
01274 563204

Boots Pharmacy
367 Bowling Old Lane
Bradford
BD5 7AT
01274 725499

Rowlands Pharmacy
Whetley Medical Centre
4 Saplin Street
Bradford
BD8 9DW
01274 490560

Raj’s Chemist
7 The Square
Lower Grange
Bradford
BD8 0QB
01274 884751

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

Boots Pharmacy
162 Clayton Road
Bradford
BD7 2RD
01274 574641

Boots Pharmacy
48 Ashbourne Road
Ingrow
BD21 1LA
01535 609608

Rowlands Pharmacy
66-68 High Street
Queensbury
BD13 2PA
01274 880223

Rowlands Pharmacy
Shipley Health Centre
Alexandra Road
Shipley
BD18 3EG
01274 531214

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
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
Rooley Lane Medical Centre
Rooley Lane
Bradford
BD4 7SS
01274 731729

Woodroyd 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

Day Night Pharmacy
101 Killinghall Road
Bradford
BD3 8AB
01274 667866

CGL
6 Temple Street
Keighley
BD21 2AD
01535 610480

CGL
30 Manningham Lane
Bradford
BD1 3DN
01274 723863

4 Women
4 Hallfield Street
Bradford
BD1 4QH
01274 762160

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Bradford Needle Exchange Scheme

Phone : 01274 434206
Email : needle.exchange@bradford.gov.uk

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