Poisons Information Helpline of the Western Cape
The occurrence of accidental poisoning is unfortunately common. Many children unintentionally swallow, drink or eat poisonous products, often mistaking them for edible foodstuff. There are other ways poison can also enter the body, such as by breathing, injection, venomous bites or stings, or touching enough of a substance that could cause illness or death.
It’s important to call the Poison Information Helpline of the Western Cape, on 0861 555 777, immediately if someone in your household has consumed, inhaled or breathed in poison.
The Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital Poison Information Centre and the Tygerberg Hospital Poison Information Centre have combined their strengths to form the Western Cape Poison Information Helpline, a 24-hour service linked to the hospitals' emergency services. The Poison Information Helpline will provide you with expert advice on the substance and its side effects, and they’ll advise you on what to do.
Poison prevention tips:
Share this information with grandparents, family members, friends, caregivers and babysitters to make sure that everyone stays safe:
Keep the Poison Information Helpline 24/7 emergency number 0861 555 777 on your cell phone or near your landline.
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|Government Body:||(Department of Health, Western Cape Government)|
- Medical emergency transport and rescue (Service)