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Patients and carers

Needle exchange

Patients and carers

Needle exchange

Patients and carers

Needle exchange

Patients and carers

Needle exchange

Our 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.

The service promotes health protection 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 heroin, crack or amphetamine. The service is also for those who use or are about to start using:

  • steroids or other performance or image enhancing drugs (PIEDs)
  • psychoactive compounds, chemicals, plants or medicines
  • methamphetamine, ketamine or medicines

Project based needle exchange staff provide advice and information on issues related to these substances. Simply let them know what you’re using and they’ll ensure you get the right equipment. They’ll also be happy to discuss your injecting practice and any concerns or questions you may have in relation to it. 

Needle exchange services

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

Some pharmacies can issue basic needle and syringe packs and accept used needles and syringes. See syringe pack contents list.

Agency-based needle exchanges offer a wider range of equipment in addition to further harm reduction advice, testing for blood-borne viruses (BBVs) and inoculation for hepatitis A and B. There is also the opportunity to discuss treatment options.

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. 

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.


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 (Monday to Friday only)
Park Crescent, Erith DA8 3EE | Tel: 020 8308 3131

Steroid packs available.

Project based needle exchanges


The Beresford Project
36 to 42 Hare Street, Woolwich SE18 6LZ | Tel: 020 3228 1700

Full pick and mix service.


Pharmacy needle exchanges


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

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

Steroid packs avail

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

Steroid packs available.

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

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

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

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

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

Steroid packs available.

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

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

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

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