Clinical Toxicology in Edinburgh is world-renowned and we regularly welcome visitors from the UK and beyond.
For those interested in experiencing clinical and academic toxicology short visits (1-2 days) can be arranged, or we can offer a varied programme of 1-2 weeks, or longer if appropriate.
If you are interested in visiting our unit or would like more information please contact Dr Euan Sandilands
“During my toxicology observership, I was able to actively participate in daily tox ward rounds in the Acute Medical Care Unit, Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit. I was also introduced to the SNAP protocol for paracetamol poisoning, which was extremely interesting to assess the various metrics and management approaches/pathways compared to our standard protocols in North America. I also had the pleasure of being able to attend the weekly TOXBASE meetings and also attended a monthly clinical governance meeting. Dr Sandilands and the rest of the staff from attending toxicology consultants to the nurses, registrars and fellows were extremely welcoming and demonstrated a remarkably collaborative spirit. The staff took great interest in ensuring my experience was educational. Clinical case highlights included a 2,4-dinitrophenol ingestion, gamma-butyrolactone (GBL) exposure, and a significant exposure resulting in the use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) therapy. The team’s dedication to contributing to the toxicology literature and making significant clinical impacts in the field was palpable. I would highly recommend anyone interested in clinical toxicology to explore this observership opportunity!”
SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York, USA
"My visit to NPIS Edinburgh provided me with the opportunity to learn the operations and organisation of the unit, e.g. the administration, protocols, training, telephone calls and references used. Further, through the various discussions and resources I gained knowledge and understanding of poisoning prevention and management."
National Poison Control Centre, Tanzania
“As a guest, you will attend the ward rounds, be introduced to TOXBASE, write a TOXBASE entry revision, and host a presentation at the bimonthly TRIM meeting. The reception was warm and the enthusiasm of the NPIS staff was abundant! All in all this short internship was a wonderful addition to my education.”
Fellow Acute Geneeskunde
Radboudumc, Nijmegen, the Netherlands
"Attending daily ward rounds allowed me to observe the treating toxicology team and their interaction with admitted patients. It gives first hand experience in dealing with acute toxicology patients, and allows one to understand the challenges in dealing with these patients. The extended ward round included visits to the ED and ITU and shows the ability of the service to collaborate and integrate with other specialties, yielding a broader patient mix.
This education experience allowed me to understand how toxicology consultations are broadly delivered to the UK population. It is important to note that the National Poisons Information Service is distinctly different from the services provided in North America. The weekly TOXBASE meetings showed the dedication of the service to updating and providing current evidence to the TOXBASE database."
Clinical Pharmacology, Toxicology & Public Health Fellow