Provision of a sharps bin
Where the householder is a self-medicating patient who uses injectable’s (for example a person with diabetes) with no healthcare worker involved in the administration, the GP or healthcare worker should prescribe the householder a sharps bin relevant to the medication being administered and advise them of local disposal options.
Use of a sharps bin
The patient should be trained in how to use the sharps bin before to ensure that they understand its use and ensure it is correctly sealed and labeled. This can be done by the dispensing pharmacist
Disposal of a sharps bin
Once the sharps bin is filled to the “fill line”, it should be sealed by the patient.
The patient should then contact SRCL to arrange the pick up of the sharps bin.
(First request for pick up) 01302 566005
(Subsequent requests) 0333 240 5153
When arranging pick up, the householder will need to provide the following details;
– Telephone number
– GP practice details,
– Which medication they are injecting
– How big the sharps bin is (it is on the side of the bin)