National Poisons Information Service

A service commissioned by Public Health England

 

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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

.hscni.net/) for GP

services Out-of-Hours.

 

In Republic of Ireland:

01 809 2166

 

Healthcare

professionals seeking

poisons information

should consult:

www.toxbase.org

Who we help - Young people and children

Many suspected accidental exposures occur in children; managing them appropriately can be challenging.

 

During the year 2014/15 NPIS received over 23,000 telephone enquiries a year relating to young people, under the age of 19 years.  Thrity percent of the calls concerned children under five. Enquiries about young people aged 5-19 years account for a further 14% of cases.

 

This pattern reflects the incidence of accidental childhood poisoning in the general population.

 

The agents most often enquired about overall (0-19 years) are paracetamol and ibuprofen. In children under nine years, household products are the most common cause of poisoning. In the 10-19 age group, all the agents most frequently enquired about are drugs and alcohol.

 

The vast majority of exposures in children under nine (92%) are accidental, whereas in the 10-19 age group, just over half are intentional ingestions.

 

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