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Patients and carers

Needle exchange

Patients and carers

Needle exchange

Patients and carers

Needle exchange

Patients and carers

Needle exchange

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust Needle and Syringe Exchange Scheme provides injecting drug users access to sterile needles, syringes and other equipment and the safe disposal of used needles and syringes. Needle Exchanges are open access, low threshold services which operate during a drug treatment agencies and pharmacy’s normal opening hours.

It is recognised that not all drug and or alcohol users are in a position to lead drug free lives, a harm reduction approach is therefore applied.

It does not seek to support a drug using lifestyle but, takes a non-judgmental approach to engage and build relationships with people who are placing themselves and others at potential risk.

Needle exchange delivery is based on the philosophy of providing injecting drug users with sterile hypodermic needles and associated injection equipment at no cost. The aim of these services is to reduce the damage associated with using unsterile or contaminated injecting equipment.

The service assist people who inject drugs to remain healthy until they are ready and willing to cease injecting through the provision of accurate, current and non-judgemental health advice and information.

The service promotes health promotion for intravenous drug users and to reduce the risk of passing on infections to others. However, needle exchange is not just for people who inject but will work with individual who consume there substances in other ways. Service will also advise those who use or are about to start using drugs.

Needle exchange services

Needle and syringe exchange is available through selected pharmacies and drug treatment agencies displaying the needle exchange logo.

Project based needle exchange

The project based needle exchange scheme offers a confidential service to Service Users over 18 who inject drugs for the provision and return of injecting equipment.

Project based needle exchange staff provide advice & information on issues related to substances use. All staff are approachable and supportive with an understanding and professional attitude. Simply let them know what substance you are using and they’ll ensure you get the right injecting equipment and advice. Staff are also happy to discuss your injecting practice and any concerns or questions you may have. Please return all used injecting equipment in a sharps bin for safe disposal. Further information and advice about treatment options are available. (See the links on the Safer injecting and harm reduction page)

Pharmacy Needle Exchange

Pharmacy based Needle Exchange Service, is an easy to access and user-friendly service and which respects the confidentiality of all injecting drug user.

However Pharmacy Needle Exchange Schemes is not available to those under 18s. Those under 18 years of age must visit a project based needle exchange site for a full assessment.

Pharmacy staff will proactively signpost people who inject drugs to drug treatment services who can provide wider health services including a broader range of injecting paraphernalia, wound checking, the promotion of safer injecting or alternative drug taking practices. Treatment services, Blood Borne Virus testing and inoculation to reduce the risk of blood borne virus infection & access to overdose awareness and basic first aid training.

Pharmacy needle exchange sites carry a number of pre-prepared harm reduction packs with 10 of each item (see the pack content page), if you are looking for larger volumes or a wider range of equipment please visit a Project-based exchange in your area. See the needle exchange at the bottom of the page. Please return all used injecting equipment in a sharps bin for safe disposal.

What we expect from you:

  • Occasionally, when you visit the pharmacy the staff may be busy, so you may have to wait a short time to be seen, like any other customer, or you may wish to return later.
  • Please return all used syringes and needles to your needle exchange. You will be asked to put all returned equipment into the sharps collection bin.
  • This means they can be disposed of safely.
  • Never throw injecting equipment in the bin, down the drain or leave them lying around anywhere.

What you can expect from pharmacy needle exchange staff:

  • To be treated like any other customer/ client who accesses health services for any other reason.
  • You will need to queue like any other customer
  • Staff will issue basic needle and syringe equipment and safely dispose of used injecting equipment in a sealed sharps bin.
  • Some pharmacy sites carry basic Steroid injecting equipment.

What information do we ask for?

Some basic and anonymous details will be asked for on the first visit. There will be an expectation for you to use the same information at every exchange.

We need this information for to make sure we provide the correct information, advice and equipment to all injecting drug users. None of this information can be used to identify you (we are only here to help).

Search for needle exchange services in your area

Project based needle exchanges

The Pier Road Project
Erith Health Centre, 50 Pier Road, Erith DA8 1AT | Tel: 01322 357940

Full pick and mix service.


Pharmacy needle exchanges

A. F. Browne Ltd
16 Wilton Road, Abbey Wood SE2 9RH | Tel: 020 8311 0898

Steroid packs available.

Harrison’s Pharmacy
1 Town Square, Erith DA8 1RE | Tel: 01322 332147

Steroid packs available.

BR Lewis Pharmacy
62 to 64 Upper Wickham Lane, Welling DA16 3HQ | Tel: 020 8317 9783

Steroid packs available.

Aspire Pharmacy
23 High Street, Sidcup DA14 6EQ | Tel: 020 8300 2008

Steroid packs also available.

Broadway Pharmacy
172 Broadway, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 7BN | Tel: 020 8303 2707

Packs available.

Belvedere Pharmacy
11 Pickardy Street, Belvedere, Kent DA17 5QQ | Tel: 020 8311 4087

Packs available.

Daysol Pharmacy
3 Parkside Parade, North End Road, Kent DA1 4RA | Tel: 020 8311 4087

Packs available.


Hospital based needle exchanges

Queen Mary’s Hospital Urgent Care Unit (24 hours)
Frognal Lane, Sidcup DA14 6LT | Tel: 020 8302 2678

Steroid packs available.

Erith Hospital Outpatients Department 
Park Crescent, Erith DA8 3EE | Tel: 020 8308 3131

Steroid packs available.

Project based needle exchanges


WDP
821 Woolwich Road, Charlton SE7 8LJ | Tel: 0300 303 4552

Packs including steroid packs also available.


Pharmacy needle exchanges


PE Logan Ltd
209 Trafalgar Road, Greenwich SE10 9EQ | Tel: 020 8858 1073

Packs inducing steroid packs also available. 

Rose Pharmacy
24 Creek Road Greenwich SE8 3BN | Tel: 020 8469 1711

Steroid packs also available. 

Whinchat Pharmacy
1 Whinchat Road, Broadwater Green, Thamesmead SE28 0DZ | Tel: 020 8316 7380

Packs available.

Rey Pharmacy
735 Sidcup Road, New Elthem, Greenwich SE9 3SA | Tel: 020 8850 1989

Packs inducing steroid packs also available. 

Newmarket Pharmacy
Newmarket Green, Eltham, SE9 5ER | Tel: 020 8850 8863

Packs available.

Boots Pharmacy
12/16 Hare Street, London SE18 6NB | Tel: 020 8854 2602

Packs inducing steroid packs also available. 


Queen Elizabeth Hospital A&E Department (24 Hours)
Stadium Road, Woolwich SE18 4QH | Tel: 020 8836 6000

Packs available.

Project based needle exchanges

Lorraine Hewitt House
12 to 14 Brighton Terrace, Brixton SW9 8DG | Tel: 020 3228 1500

Full pick and mix service.


Pharmacy needle exchanges

Cope’s Pharmacy
570 Streatham High Road, Streatham, SW16 3QQ | Tel: 020 8764 2910

Packs inducing steroid packs also available. 

Deejay Chemists
154 Norwood Road, West Norwood, SE27 9AZ | Tel: 020 8674 2455

Packs inducing steroid packs also available. 

Hills Pharmacy
99 Kennington Lane, Kennington, SE11 4HQ | Tel: 020 7582 6344

Packs inducing steroid packs also available. 

Junction Pharmacy
182 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton SE5 9QH | Tel: 020 7274 7599

Packs inducing steroid packs also available. 

Manning Pharmacy
294 Brixton Hill, Brixton SW2 1HT | Tel: 020 8674 4391

Packs inducing steroid packs also available. 

Touchwood Pharmacy
240 Streatham High Road, Streatham SW16 1BB | Tel: 020 8677 3145

Steroid packs available.

Springfield Pharmacy
110 Union Road, South Lambeth SW8 2SH | Tel: 020 7622 1159

Packs including steroid packs also available

Project based needle exchanges

CGL
146/150 Camberwell Road, Camberwell SE5 0EE | Tel: 020 7277 4580

Full pick and mix service.


Pharmacy needle exchanges

ABC Chemist
13 Camberwell Church Street, Camberwell, SE5 8TR | Tel: 020 7703 2489

Boots the Chemist
333 to 334 Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, Southwark SE1 6TB | Tel: 020 7703 6149

St George's Pharmacy
46 St George Road, Elephant and Castle, Southwark SE1 6ER | Tel: 020 7820 8921

Limited pick and mix, and steroid packs available.

Day Lewis Duncan Chemist
103 Peckham Road, Peckham SE15 5LJ | Tel: 020 7701 8641

Foster and Sons Chemist
14 Forest Hill Road, East Dulwich SE22 0RR | Tel: 020 8693 1548

Jamaica Road Pharmacy
182 Jamaica Road, Rotherhithe, North Southwark SE16 4RT | Tel: 020 7237 3483

Steroid packs available.

Kristal Pharmacy
127 to 129 Evelina Road, Nunhead SE15 3 HB | Tel: 020 7639 2614

Steroid packs available.

Lloyd's Pharmacy
147 to 149 Peckham Hill Street, Peckham SE15 5JZ | Tel: 020 7639 2807

Steroid packs available.

Qrystal Pharmacy
7 Newington Causeway, Southwark SE1 6ED | Tel: 020 7403 2237

Ridgeway Pharmacy
251/253 Walworth Road, Walworth SE17 1RL | Tel: 020 7701 2720

Ropham Chemist
169 Rye Lane, Peckham SE15 4TL | Tel: 020 7732 4560

Superdrug Pharmacy
Unit 4 Butterfly Walk, Camberwell Green, Camberwell SE5 8RW | Tel: 020 7701 9037

Steroid packs available.

Surdock Pharmacy
162 Lower Road, Rotherhithe SE16 2UN | Tel: 020 7237 2512

Project based needle exchanges

WCDAS
St John's Therapy Centre on St John's Hill

162 St John's Hill, Battersea SW11 1SW | Tel: 020 8812 4120

Full pick and mix service.

Pharmacy needle exchanges

Barkers Chemist
245 Garratt Lane, London SW18 4DU | Tel: 020 8874 1495

Limited pick and mix service.

Ashburton pharmacy
30 Chartfield Avenue, London SW15 6HG | Tel: 020 8795 1083

Limited pick and mix service.

Aura Pharmacy
78 Inner park Road, London SW19 6DA | Tel: 020 7485 2159

Limited pick and mix service.

Barkers Chemist
49 Falcon Road, London SW11 2PH | Tel: 020 7228 1701

Limited pick and mix service. 

East Pharmacy
53 East Hill, London SW18 2QE | Tel: 020 88741636

Limited pick and mix service.

Healthchem Pharmacy
166-168 Battersea Bridge Road, London SW11 3AW | Tel: 020 7228 9191

Limited pick and mix service.

Markrise Pharmacy
121-125 Mitcham Lane, London SW16 6LY | Tel: 020 8769 0446

Limited pick and mix service. 

Pharmalite Pharmacy 
296 Cavendish Road, London SW12 0PL | Tel: 020 8673 6279

Pack service.

Tooting Pharmacy
175 Upper Tooting Road, London SW17 7TJ | Tel: 020 8672 5843

Limited pick and mix service.

Well Pharmacy
31A Danebury Avenue, London SW15 4DG | Tel: 020 8788 3150

Pack service.

Dumlers Pharmacy
436-438 Garratt Lane, London SW17 0LN | Tel: 020 8879 0868

Pack service.

Project based needle exchanges

RCDAS
Unit 2 Ilex House, 94 Holly Road TW1 4HF | Tel: 020 3228 3020

Full pick and mix service.


Pharmacy needle exchanges

Crossroads Pharmacy
334 Staines Roads, London TW2 5AT | Tel: 020 8755 1952

Limited pick and mix service.

Dumlers Pharmacy 
495-497 Upper Richmond Road, London SW14 7PU | Tel: 020 8876 4603

Limited pick and mix service. 

Goode Pharmacy
22 London Road, London, TW1 3RR | Tel: 020 8892 1614

Limited pick and mix service. 

Health on the Hill Pharmacy
62 High Street, London TW1 3RR | Tel: 020 8892 1614

Limited pick and mix service. 

Kanset Pharmacy
177 Ashburnham Road, London TW10 7NR | Tel: 020 8948 0601

Limited pick and mix service. 

Minal Pharmacy
9 High Street, London TW2 7LA | Tel: 020 8894 7933

Limited pick and mix service. 

Richmond Pharmacy
82-86 Sheen Road, London TW9 1UF | Tel: 020 8948 8811

Pack service.