The National Poisons Information Centre provides information to doctors and healthcare professionals, to assist them in the management of poisoning. This service for professionals is available 24 hours per day and 365 days a year at 01 809 2566 or 01 837 9964.
Parents and those caring for young children can also contact us on 01 809 2166 for urgent advice if they suspect accidental poisoning has occurred. Currently, this service for the public is available from 8am to 10pm, every day. At all other times contact your GP service or a hospital emergency department for advice. All telephone calls are recorded and data stored electronically for quality assurance and training purposes.
Calls are answered by Poisons Information Officers, who are science graduates with post-graduate training in Medical Toxicology. Complex or clinical questions can be referred to our Medical Director.
The National Poisons Information Centre is carrying out a study on the circumstances of accidental exposure to detergent capsules that are used in washing machines, dishwashers and as cleaning products. The study has been approved by Beaumont Hospital Ethics Committee and the results will be used to help prevent similar accidents happening in the future. Please click the link below to read more.
Detergent capsule study
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