If you find a discarded syringe or needle in a public place:
- do not touch it
- if possible carefully cover it eg with a cone or a box
- report it to us immediately.
We aim to remove needles within two hours of receiving a report or the following day if reported out of hours.
When you make a report
Please provide as much information as possible:
- exact location
- when you first saw it
- number of needles, any bodily fluids
- any drug paraphernalia left at the same location
Out of hours: If you are reporting this after 4pm on Monday to Friday, over the weekend, on a bank holiday or public holiday, please call 0344 980 3333.
Disposing of clinical waste
This is usually associated with medical needs like wound dressings and incontinence pads. If treatment has been prescribed, you or your surgery/hospital will need to make arrangements for proper disposal.