National Poisons Information Service

A service commissioned by Public Health England




Members of the public

seeking specific

information on poisons

should contact:


In England and Wales:

NHS 111 - dial 111


In Scotland:

NHS 24 - dial 111


In N Ireland:

Contact your local GP or

pharmacist during

normal hours; click here

(www.gpoutofhours for GP

services Out-of-Hours.


In Republic of Ireland:

01 809 2166



professionals seeking

poisons information

should consult:

Current Awareness in Clinical Toxicology

Current Awareness in Clinical Toxicology

To ensure that NPIS staff are equipped to answer enquiries on all aspects of human toxicology and that TOXBASE is kept up to date, access to current scientific literature is essential. All NPIS staff have 24/7 access to the NPIS literature database, which was created and is maintained by NPIS Birmingham. The database currently contains 115,000 citations on all aspects of clinical, occupational and environmental toxicology. In 2015/16 7,500 references were added to the database, which is fully searchable using keywords, authors, journals and text words. Citations are selected using searches specially developed for the purpose run against Medline, Embase and Science Direct. In addition, the tables of contents of key journals are scanned for suitable papers on publication.


With the assistance of the other NPIS units, NPIS Birmingham produces Current Awareness in Clinical Toxicology each month. Each issue lists more than 500 citations, with 15 to 20 key papers highlighted because of their importance to the clinical management of poisoning and the updating of TOXBASE. Current Awareness is distributed by the international clinical toxicological societies to all poisons units worldwide. The underlying database, including monthly updates, is provided to all NPIS staff for inclusion in their personal citations manager (Reference Manager™ or End Note™).


Information from the NPIS Annual Report 2015/16.


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