Education Overview

Edinburgh Clinical Toxicology offers a unique educational experience to anyone interested in the management of poisoned patients. With the only dedicated 10-bed clinical toxicology unit in Scotland, treating 1700 patients per year, we have a wealth of experience in treating a diverse range of deliberate and accidental poisonings in patients exposed to pharmaceutical and recreational drugs, chemicals, household products, mushrooms, and wildlife including snakes.

Our enthusiastic team of consultant toxicologists, specialist nurses, and information staff provide specialist poisons information both locally within the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, and nationally, as part of the UK National Poisons Information Service.

Edinburgh Clinical Toxicology boasts a strong academic record. Research from our unit is regularly presented at the European Association of Poisons Centres and Clinical Toxicologists (EAPCCT) and the North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology (NACCT) annual meetings. Recent publications and more information about research from our unit is available here.

In addition we run a detailed departmental educational programme including:

  • Weekly TOXBASE editorial meetings where new drugs, treatments, and proposed entries on TOXBASE are reviewed
  • Biweekly journal club where the latest published toxicology literature is reviewed
  • Bimonthly Toxicology Research and Information Meetings where visiting clinicians and academics and members of our own department present case studies, audit reports, or the latest research results

We participate in the NPIS national CPD programme with regular meetings throughout the UK