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PSNC launches Value of Pharmacy Animation 

PSNC has launched a video animation showcasing the important work that community pharmacies do and explaining how, with sustainable funding and ongoing support from Government, their role could be developed further. The animation has been developed to support PSNC’s conversations with external audiences, to help raise awareness of the value of pharmacy services, and how...

8 hours ago

Have you submitted your C-19 test distribution service weekly data?

Contractors who have signed up to provide the NHS Community Pharmacy COVID-19 Lateral Flow Device Distribution Service are reminded of the need to record the following information on the NHSBSA Manage Your Service (MYS) portal by close of business on the pharmacy's last trading day of the week:  Test kits received from wholesalers When contractors receive...

13 hours ago

NHSE&I confirm intention to delegate pharmacy commissioning to ICS

In a letter issued to the leads of Integrated Care Systems (ICS) this afternoon, NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) have confirmed their plans to delegate the responsibility for the commissioning of primary care services, including pharmaceutical services, to ICS. Read the NHSE&I letter This means that, subject to the will of Parliament, the activities...

1 day ago

Disposal of Unwanted Medicines

 

Disposal of Unwanted Medicines

Queries relating to hazardous waste bins (yellow bins), including to arrange collection, should be directed to the NHS England & NHS Improvement West Yorkshire Area Team - england.wyat-phes@nhs.net.  When emailing to arrange collection, please include details of how many bins will require collecting (collection cannot be arranged without this information).

 

Sip Feeds

Following queries about the return of sip feeds to community pharmacy as waste medicines, NHSE&I has shared the following information in the document below.
 
NHSE&I Guidance: Disposal of Sip Feeds



Disposal of Needles, Syringes and Sharps

Signposting Patients

Patients who request information about the disposal of sharps should be directed to the information from the Local Authority in which they live (see below) or be directed to a pharmacy that accepts waste (after first contacting the pharmacy to confirm they are currently able to accept sharps bins for disposal). 

 

Sharps Bins

Some community pharmacies across West Yorkshire are able to accept needles, syringes and sharps for disposal.  Sharps can only be accepted if they are taken to the pharmacy in sealed yellow sharps bins.  Pharmacies are unable to accept loose sharps or sharps that are not in the specified container.  

If you do not have a yellow sharps bin then these are available on prescription from the professional who prescribed you the needles, syringes or sharps.

Do not use other bins

You should not put used needles or other sharps:

- in your household waste bin or any other general refuse bin

- in a container that's no longer needed, such as a drinks can or bottle

 

A list of pharmacies providing this service can be found on the link below:

Pharmacies Disposing of Diabetic Sharps 

In response to COVID-19 some pharmacies may currently be unable to able to accept sharps from patients.
 

The above list was updated in October 2018.  If your pharmacy appears on this list and you no longer accept sharps or if you do accept sharps and your pharmacy details are omitted, please advise info@cpwy.org.  If you do not have a sharps bin, but would like to offer this service, please contact NHS England West Yorkshire Area Team.  Contact details can be found above.   

This service is for people who have been prescribed needles, syringes or sharps.  If you have found needles or syringes in a public area then you should contact your local council to arrange disposal.

 

Last Updated: 5th June 2020