Today

12:00 AM to 12:00 AM.

Description

The National Poisons Centre is New Zealand's only poison and hazardous chemicals information centre and runs a 24-hour/7-day toll free telephone advice service.

The main role of the National Poisons Centre is to provide advice to members of the public and healthcare professionals about acute poisoning situations.

This can involve:

  • Medicines
  • Chemicals
  • Household/consumer products
  • Hazardous creatures (e.g. spiders, snakes, jellyfish)
  • Plants and fungi

Situations of poisoning or where poisoning might occur may include:

  • If someone has swallowed, inhaled or injected a substance
  • If someone has got a substance in their eye(s) or on their skin
  • If someone has been bitten or stung by a hazardous creature

We also:

  • Provide advice on preventing poisonings in the home
  • Provide general first aid advice for poisonings
  • Maintain a database on chemicals, medicines, plants and animals (currently it contains over 200,000 substances)
  • Monitor poisoning statistics to identify targeted prevention strategies and emerging threats

For Health Professionals:

We also offer 24/7 direct consultation with a Medical Toxicologist

How do I access this service?

Contact us

Other

Call 0800 POISON / 0800 764-766

Hours

12:00 AM to 12:00 AM.

Mon – Sun midnight – midnight

24 hours / 7 days a week

Service Types

Poisons and Toxicology Advice

Charges

No fees apply

Region

Bay of Plenty, Canterbury, Central Auckland, Central Lakes, East Auckland, Hawkes Bay, Hutt, Lakes, MidCentral, Nelson Marlborough, North Auckland, Northland, Dunedin - South Otago, South Auckland, South Canterbury, Southland, Tairawhiti, Taranaki, Waikato, Wairarapa, Waitaki, Wellington, West Auckland, West Coast, Whanganui

Contact Details

Postal Address

National Poisons Centre
Dunedin School of Medicine
University of Otago
PO Box 56
Dunedin 9054

This page was last updated at 12:05PM on August 26, 2019.