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:

NPIS Literature Database

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-hour access to the NPIS Literature Database, which was created and is maintained by NPIS (Birmingham Unit). The database currently contains 122,000 citations on all aspects of clinical, occupational and environmental toxicology. In 2016/17, some 7,000 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 and run against Medline, Embase and Science Direct. In addition, the tables of contents of key journals are scanned for suitable papers on publication.


The underlying database, including monthly updates, is provided to all NPIS staff for inclusion in their personal citations manager (Reference Manager™ or End Note™).


Current Awareness in Clinical Toxicology

With the assistance of the other Units, NPIS (Birmingham Unit) also produces Current Awareness in Clinical Toxicology each month. Each issue lists approximately 500 citations, with some 15-20 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.


Click below to download the complete zipped archive of Current Awareness in Clinical Toxicology as a


Reference ManagerTM file

EndnoteTM file

TXT file


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