Poisons Information Centre
The Poisons Information Centre at Red Cross Children’s Hospital has over several decades compiled, collated and researched information on the diagnosis and treatment of potentially poisonous substances, animals and plants. This information is packaged as the database AfriTox® which is designed to help medical professionals throughout Southern Africa diagnose and treat poisoned adults and children.
The Poisons Information Centre is staffed by medical doctors and specially trained pharmacists and is dedicated to providing up-to-date, well-researched and peer-reviewed poisons information. We provide advice on the prevention, diagnosis and management of poisoning in both adults and children. The centre is part of the UCT Department of Paediatrics and Child Health and is situated in the Institute of Child Health at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.
The running costs of the Red Cross Children’s Hospital Poisons Information Centre are partly supported by the Western Cape Department of Health, partly by private donations through the Children’s Hospital Trust and partly from fees generated from AfriTox subscriptions.
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Poisons emergency telephone service
The Poisons Information Helpline is a 24 hour service for the public and health care workers, provided by the staff of the Poisons Information Centres at Red Cross Children’s Hospital and Tygerberg Hospital.