Needle exchange services

Injecting drugs is highly dangerous and can lead to a number of complications, such as the transmission of blood borne viruses, over dose, damage to veins and injecting sites, bacterial infection, abscesses and increased risk of deep veined thrombosis.

Visit your local needle exchange  to access a range of sterile injecting equipment.

Needle exchange services

A specialist harm reduction and sexual health service is provided at the Health Shop, at The Wellbeing Hub on Hounds Gate.  They can provide support with safer injecting techniques and offer harm reduction advice. There is no needle exchange at The Wellbeing Hub. This is provided at the Harm Reduction Service on Broad Street and in pharmacies. Details below.
As part of Nottingham Recovery Network they can provide support accessing drug treatment.,

As The Health Shop includes a sexual health service, they are able to offer screening for Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea and Syphilis for people who do not have symptoms. They also offer the HIV fast test and can take blood via self venepuncture and dried blood spot testing. The Health Shop also provides pregnancy testing and emergency hormonal contraception (morning after pill).

The current opening hours are:

Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri: 9.30am – 4.30pm
Wed: 9.30pm – 6.00pm
Saturday: 9.30 am – 12.00 pm
Appointments are required for some services, call us on 0115 844 1855 if you’re unsure.

A number of needle exchange services exist across the City.

A range of pharmacy Needle exchanges services are  available in the following areas:

Boots, Mary Potter Centre, 76 Gregory Boulevard, Hyson Green
Boots, 222-224 Southchurch drive, Clifton
Boots, Unit A, Riverside Retail Park, Queens Drive
Boots, Bilborough medical centre, 48 Bracebridge Drive, Bilborough
Boots, 1-7 Main Street, Bulwell
Boots, 72 Ilkeston Road, Radford
Knights Chemist, Unit 4, 9 Bestwood Park Drive, Rise Park
Lloyds pharmacy, 113 Sneinton Road, Sneinton
Lloyds pharmacy, 441a Beechdale Road, Aspley
Phakey’s Pharmacy, 149 Carlton Road, St. Anns

From 15th July, you will no longer be able to access needle exchange from Boots in Broadmarsh.
Instead, you can access needle exchange from other pharmacies or the NRN Harm Reduction Service at the old Health Shop on Broad Street, next to the Broadway Cinema.

Closure poster Closure leaflet V2


Download pharmacy needle exchange list here, with opening times.

Sites contact and opening hours