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:


The NPIS holds Continuing Professional Development (CPD) meetings for its staff twice yearly. In addition, it also holds joint meetings with other organisations such as the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM). Examples of such meetings are shown below.

NPIS CPD meeting 5th-6th October 2017
Venue: Seminar Room 2.21, The Research Beehive, Newcastle upon Tyne
Day 1: Thursday 5th October 2017
Morning session chair: Dr Simon Hill
11.00 – 11.30 Registration and coffee
11.30 – 12.15 

SNAP: the nuts and bolts of a 12-hour acetylcysteine regimen Dr Ruben Thanacoody, NPIS Newcastle

12.15 - 12.45 

SNAP: A tale of 2 cities

  - Newcastle experience Dr Muhammad Elamin, NPIS Newcastle
  - London experience Dr David Wood, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust
12.45 - 13.00 SNAP chat: is there a way forward? Open discussion
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch
Afternoon session chair: Prof Simon Thomas
14.00 - 14.30   NPIS Radiation calls Dr Simon Hill, NPIS Newcastle
14.30 - 15.00 TOXI-triage Prof Michael Eddleston, Edinburgh University
15.00 - 15.30 Environmental public health implications of arsenic poisoning; case review in the Yorkshire and Humber region’ Amanda Cresswell & Victoria Turner, PHE
15.30 - 15.50 Refreshment break
15.50 - 16.30 Paracetamol overdoses in pre-term and neonates Dr Mark Anderson, NPIS Newcastle
16.30 - 17.00 TOXBASE: update on paracetamol TBC
Day 2: Friday 6th October 2017
Morning Session chair: Dr Ruben Thanacoody
9.00 - 9.15 Coffee

9.15 - 10.00

Forensic aspects of clinical pharmacology Prof Robin Ferner, Birmingham University
10.00 - 10.45 Mechanisms of hyperthermia Dr Simon Hill, NPIS Newcastle

10.45 - 11.00

Refreshment break

11.00 - 11.45

Novel opioids/fentanyls Prof Simon Thomas, NPIS Newcastle

11.45 - 12.15

Vaping of recreational drugs and novel psychoactive substances David Wood, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust

12.15 - 12.45

ITCT Diploma in clinical toxicology Dr Noha Fawzy, Cairo University

12.45 - 13.45



Afternoon session chair: Prof Simon Thomas

13.45 - 14.15

TOXBASE: Long-acting anticoagulants Leonard Hawkins, NPIS Newcastle

14.15 - 14.45

Identifying signals of teratogenic effects of medicinal products using the MHRA Yellow Card ADR data Dr Luke Richardson, UKTIS Newcastle

14.45 - 15.00

NPIS rota changes Alex Capleton, NPIS Cardiff


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NPIS and the Royal College of Emergency Medicine joint CPD days

As in previous years, the NPIS and the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) organised joint CPD days which were held in London in June 2016 and Newcastle in November 2016. These covered important topics in clinical toxicology using case-based presentations and gave delegates the opportunity to discuss specific issues with experts from the NPIS. These joint meetings were well attended by consultants and trainees in Emergency Medicine from across the UK who provided excellent formal feedback about the teaching provided.


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