Clinical waste is any waste which consists wholly or partly of:
- blood or bodily fluids
- drugs or other pharmaceutical products
- human tissue
- swabs or dressings
- syringes, needles or other sharp instruments
These items, unless rendered safe, may be harmful to anyone coming into contact with them.
Any waste produced while a patient is treated at home by a nurse or member of the NHS is classified as the healthcare professional's waste and should not be left with the patient. The council is under no obligation to take such waste.
If the patient treats themselves at home, the waste is considered their own. This is only considered clinical waste if a particular risk has been identified. Please note that incontinence pads and disposable nappies are not regarded as clinical waste.
How to arrange a clinical collection
If this is a new request for a clinical collection, a referral is required from a GP or hospital before it can be approved.
If you have been referred then please contact customer services on 01344 352000. If you have not been referred, please do not contact Customer Services. You will need to contact your GP to arrange for a referral.