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Found a needle?

What are the hazards?

If a skin puncture is caused by a hypodermic needle the injured person is potentially infected with viruses including Hepatitis B and C, and HIV.

If you find a needle or syringe:

  • DO NOT TOUCH IT.
  • If it is in a public place PLEASE phone the District Council to arrange to have it picked up.
  • Remember the exact location and if possible stay at the site until the Collection Team arrive.
  • Tell the owner if it is on private land or in a building.
  • If you want to do something, at your own risk, cover with a strong box or drinks can.
  • DO NOT PUT THE NEEDLE/SYRINGE IN A LITTER BIN.

Contact the council to safely dispose of discarded needles and syringes:

  • Oxford City: 0800 783 1957 (24 hours)
  • Cherwell District Council: 01295 221940 or 12295 221531 (After 5pm and at weekends)
  • South Oxfordshire District Council: 01491 823416 or 01491 824033 (After 5pm and at weekends)
  • Vale of White Horse District Council: 01235 520202 or 01235 821886 (After 5pm and at weekends)
  • West Oxfordshire District Council: 01993 861020 (24 hours)

If you receive a needle-stick injury:

  • DO NOT SUCK THE WOUND.
  • Encourage the injury to bleed by gently squeezing.
  • Wash the area with soap and running water for at least five minutes.
  • Cover with a waterproof plaster.
  • Immediately visit your Doctor or Accident and Emergency Department where you should enquire about the relevant immunisation.

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Needle Find Collection Team Numbers

Oxford City:
0800 783 1957 (24 hours)

Cherwell District Council:
01295 221940
or

12295 221531 (After 5pm and at weekends)

South Oxfordshire District Council:
01491 823416
or

01491 824033 (After 5pm and at weekends)

Vale of White Horse District Council:
01235 520202
or

01235 821886 (After 5pm and at weekends)

West Oxfordshire District Council:
01993 861020 (24 hours)


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