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:

Specialist clinical toxicological advice

On-call NPIS consultant clinical toxicologists are based at all NPIS provider Units. The 24-hour telephone service, staffed by trained Specialists in Poisons Information, is based at four Units - Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Newcastle - with additional on-call consultant staff based in York and London, between them covering the whole UK.


All consultant clinical toxicologists have day-to-day responsibility for patient care in specialist poisons Units in UK teaching hospitals.  They provide advice on more complex cases of poisoning, or on rare or unusual poisoning presentations. Over 2,000 such consultations occur annually.


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