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Health & Care Review

Keeping up with all the latest developments in health and care policy could almost be a full time job and PSNC regularly receives questions from LPCs and pharmacy contractors about what is going on in the wider health and care landscape beyond community pharmacy. To help answer some of these questions and to help contractors and...

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Corticosteroids: rare risk of central serous chorioretinopathy with systemic and local administration

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CPPE launches New Medicine Service e-course

The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) has launched an e-course which will enable learners to gain the key knowledge, skills and behaviours to support delivery of the New Medicine Service (NMS) and to ensure they are delivering a patient-centred, high-quality service. The course will give pharmacy professionals the opportunity to learn in live online...

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Disposal of Unwanted Medicines

 

Disposal of Unwanted Medicines

Queries relating to the hazardous waste bins (yellow bins) should be directed to the NHS England West Yorkshire Area Team: 

england.wyat-phes@nhs.net - 0113 825 2700

 

Disposal of needles, syringes and sharps

Some community pharmacies across West Yorkshire are able to accept needles, syringes and sharps for disposal.

These sharps can only be accepted if they are taken to the pharmacy in a sealed yellow 1 litre sharps bin.  Pharmacies are unable to accept loose sharps or sharps that are not in the specified container.

If you do not have a yellow 1 litre 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 

 

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.