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Household clinical waste collection


West Lothian NHS Healthcare Trust through St John's Hospital and the council, run a service for dialysis patients which picks up medical waste from your home.

Those eligible for this service are any householder in West Lothian with the approval of West Lothian NHS Healthcare Trust 

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Service standards for clinical waste collection:

  • Once a request has been received, we will provide the method of clinical waste collection, as advised by St Johns Hospital.
  • We will collect clinical bins on a fortnightly basis; they should be presented alongside the grey bin.
  • Orange bags, for infectious waste, will be collected weekly. These bags are provided free of charge.
  • Provision of a clinical waste service will be actioned within 5 working days of authorisation from St Johns Hospital

updated 02/07/12

Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I arrange for medical waste to be uplifted

Speak to your Health Visitor or your local health centre, and they will arrange for the waste to be collected.

How often will the waste be collected?

Clinical Bins (nappies, incontinent pads etc) are collected every fortnight Clinical Bags (dressing, needles etc) are collected every week

How will the waste be collected

You'll be given bags and ties. Any sharp objects should be placed in boxes - these can be provided by your health visitor.

I have found a syringe. What should I do?

Contact your local Environmental & Consumer Protection office and give the syringe's location. We will collect and dispose of the syringe as soon as possible.

What do I do if the waste has not been collected?

Contact us on (01506) 280000 and we will arrange for your bag and/or sharp box to be collected.

Where should I leave the bags?

Leave the bags at your front door, but make sure they are properly tied. Bags that are damaged or untied cannot be uplifted.