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Protect Yourself and Others: Handle Disposable Sharps With Care

The proper disposal of syringes and other medical supplies is an important public health concern. Mishandling syringes and hypodermic needles can cause serious health risks, such as puncture wounds, and the spreading of blood borne diseases such as hepatitis and HIV/AIDS.  


Unity Hospital is committed to being a safe disposal site for residential sharps, and to providing important health information to the community.  In order to meet the disposal requirements set by New York State Department of Health, and to ensure the safety of the community and hospital employees, Unity is reminding the public of the following procedures for the disposal of sharps:


  • During business hours (Monday- Friday from 9:00 A.M.- 5:00 P.M.) hypodermic needles and syringes are accepted at the Apothecary at Park Ridge located in the main lobby of the Professional Office Building on the Unity Park Ridge Campus, the Apothecary at St. Mary’s, and Unity’s three skilled nursing facilities (Park Ridge Living Center, Edna Tina Wilson Living Center and Unity Living Center.)
  • After hours and on weekends, disposable sharps are accepted at the Emergency Center at Unity Hospital, and the Walk-in Care Center at Unity St. Mary’s Campus.   
  • Syringes and hypodermic needles must be placed in sturdy, puncture-proof, and leak-proof containers, such as empty laundry detergent bottles.  Manufactured containers can be purchased at the Apothecary at Park Ridge.  SHARPS IN BREAKABLE CONTAINERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.


Residents in the community can call OnCall, Unity’s patient information and referral line at 368-3000.  


Click on the link below to access New York State Department of Health's guidelines for disposal of sharps:








Unity Hospital is an affiliate of Unity Health System, a 681-bed health care network serving the city of Rochester and western Monroe County. Specialty units include intensive care, surgery, chemical dependency and mental health, obstetrics, brain injury rehabilitation, and skilled nursing. Unity Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission is affiliated with the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.