Disposing of clinical waste
Hypodermic needles and other hazardous healthcare waste should never be disposed of with domestic waste.
If patients are treated in their home by a community nurse or NHS member, any waste produced is considered to be the healthcare professional’s waste. If it's non-hazardous, and it is bagged and sealed, it can be disposed of with household waste. This is usually the case with sanitary towels, nappies and incontinence pads.
If the waste is classified as hazardous, the healthcare professional can remove it and transport it in approved containers for disposal.
For patients treating themselves in their own home, any waste is considered to be their own. Only where a particular risk has been identified does the waste need to be treated as hazardous clinical waste.
Where hypodermic needles are produced in the home, soft drink cans, plastic bottles or similar containers should never be used for their disposal. They could be a serious hazard to staff if disposed of in domestic waste.
Sharps bins can be obtained on prescription and returned to your doctor for disposal when full.
You should talk to your doctor or healthcare professional about disposing of clinical waste. If they're unable to dispose of it, contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
We may charge for clinical waste collection.