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New service for diabetics

DIABETICS in Solihull will be able to take advantage of a new service to safely dispose of used needles.

DIABETICS in Solihull will be able to take advantage of a new service to safely dispose of used needles.

Launched by Solihull NHS Care Trust, the service will enable patients to order a sharps bin from their GP.

This plastic container can be used to store the syringes and once full, can be returned to the GP practise for disposal.

Stephanie Lucas, who has accumulated hundreds of insulin needles inside her garden shed, has said the scheme is a good idea.

Her ten-year-old daughter Sinnade was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2006. Ms Lucas was uncertain how she could safely dispose of the needles and was forced to keep sharps boxes locked inside the shed.

The mother-of-six described the service was as "a step in the right direction."

Information leaflets are now available from local GPs and pharmacists.

 

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