Services Database Needle Exchange

Service ID



The service has three elements:

Handing out equipment

  • Issuing of a range of free sterile needles and additional works including supply of personal sharps bin;
  • Safe disposal of injecting equipment;
  • Distribution of other appropriate harm minimisation injecting paraphernalia as locally determined by commissioners, eg foil; and
  • Consistent effort to maximise return of used injecting equipment. A failure to return used equipment should never result in denial of further supply.

Advice including handing out written information and verbal information

  • Advice on legally available paraphernalia including whether and where this can be accessed by clients if not available via the pharmacy needle exchange scheme; and
  • Advice on safe storage and handling of injecting equipment.

Screening, risk assessment and referral

  • Signpost to appropriate treatment services including immunisation services.

Location of service

Suffolk 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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  1. Pharmacists and staff involved in the provision of the service have relevant knowledge and are appropriately trained in the operation of the service to a standard agreed with Turning Point.  Training in the operation of the service is provided by Turning Point and in line with NICE guidance, in the form of e-learning and local workshops.
  2. Regular training is a mandatory requirement and as a minimum pharmacy staff should complete the free Turning Point pharmacy e-learning module available on the Suffolk LPC website: