Specialist Needle and Syringe Programme

Derbyshire Recovery Partnership provides a specialist needle and syringe programme (sometimes referred to as Needle Exchange) to support injecting drug users and to promote the reducing of risks associated with injecting for individuals.

Alongside the provision of sterile injecting equipment our specialist needle and syringe services offer a range of information and advice about injecting practice for illicit drugs (including injecting performance enhancing drugs) aimed to reduce risk of infection.

The needle and syringe programme is accessible to anyone who wishes to access health advice, information, or safe injecting equipment (inc. safe storage boxes) and can be accessed confidentially without an individual being open to the drug or alcohol treatment service.

One-to-one support and advice is provided which may include information around injecting techniques, overdose risks, testing for blood borne infections including Hepatitis B, C and HIV infections, Hepatitis A & B immunisations and referral to other services. When you are ready we can also support your entry into the main treatment services.

Sharps boxes are provided with all needle and syringe programme transactions to support safer injecting practice and reduce risk to others.

Training and provision of Naloxone (emergency anti-overdose medication) is also available via the Specialist Needle and Syringe Programme.

In Derbyshire the specialist needle and syringe programme are based at the following locations:

Bayheath House

Rose Hill West
Chesterfield
S40 1JF

Tel: 0300 123 1201

The Mews

Church Street
Ripley
DE5 3BU

Tel: 01773 512984
01773 744594

Bankgate

Unit 13-15 Rinkway Ind. Est.
Rink Drive
Swadlincote
DE11 8JL

Tel: 0300 790 0263
01283 817352

Erewash House

Station Road
Ilkeston
DE7 5LD

Tel: 01159 309442

Mon: 9am - 5pm
Tue: 12pm – 7pm
Wed: 9am - 5pm
Thur: 9am - 5pm
Fri: 9am - 5pm
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed
Mon: 9am - 5pm
Tue: 9pm - 5pm
Wed: 9am - 5pm
Thur: 9am - 7pm
Fri: 9am - 5pm
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed
Mon: 9am - 5pm
Tue: 9pm - 5pm
Wed: 9am -7pm
Thur: 9am - 5pm
Fri: 9am - 5pm
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed
Mon: 9am - 5pm
Tue: 9pm - 7pm
Wed: 9am - 5pm
Thur: 9am - 5pm
Fri: 9am - 5pm
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed

Pharmacy Needle and Syringe Programme

Needle and Syringe Programme is also provided by a wide number of pharmacies across Derbyshire. The aim of all these services is to:

  • Provide needles and syringes and other injecting equipment (inc. filters and citric acid) to adults requesting it.
  • To provide sharps bins with all transactions and advice on how to dispose of injecting equipment safely, including the safe return of used injecting equipment to a pharmacy.
  • To provide basic advice on safer injecting or health issues associated with injecting.
  • Signpost those injecting drugs into specialist treatment and support services.
  • To provide the Needle Syringe Programme on a confidential basis.

 

 

Medically Assisted Recovery and Healthcare Interventions

Derbyshire Recovery Partnership works with those who require support and treatment around their drug or alcohol issues. The service offers a range of options dependent on your needs.

Physical health conditions

Those with chronic and deteriorating physical health and terminal conditions will have these conditions supported alongside their drug or alcohol treatment. Those who have complex or high risk health concerns will be supported by a designated named Health Improvement Team (HIT) nurse alongside their recovery keyworker to help co-ordinate their health needs.

Specialist Advice

The Health Improvement Team within Derbyshire Recovery Partnership provides specialist health screening as well as Hepatitis B vaccinations and Hepatitis C and HIV testing alongside advice and support. All those accessing drug or alcohol treatment in Derbyshire who are identified as having physical health risk factors are encouraged to receive an enhanced health check and appropriate vaccinations. For those requiring additional treatment the service will support accessing hepatology and primary care services. In a number of areas Hepatology in-reach will continue to be facilitated to enhance engagement by high risk groups with these essential services.

The HIT nurses also provide support and advice around smoking cessation and sexual health as well as liaison with GP’s and hospitals regarding your treatment aimed at providing you with a holistic package of care.

Prescribing

Specialist prescribing is provided by our Consultant Psychiatrist in Substance Misuse and a team of specialist nurse, G.P and pharmacist prescribers. Keyworkers work in tandem with any prescribing, to provide 1-to-1 structured support, care planning and recovery support for service users, alongside any prescribing provided by Derbyshire Recovery Partnership. The service believes that only individual change can lead to long term recovery.

Prescribing in drug and alcohol treatment has the dual focus to reduce harm and promote recovery. A number of prescribing options are available to those in treatment and can include:

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