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Hazardous Substances: Screening

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what tests for toxins are available on the NHS. (221036)

A wide range of tests for toxins is available on the national health service. These include tests for chemical compounds or other agents which cause illness or death when ingested, breathed in or injected; and testing for the presence in the body of toxins produced by microbes, in order to diagnose an infection or disease.

The Health Protection Agency runs the National Poisons Information Service, which provides information and advice to health professionals on the diagnosis, treatment and management of patients who may have been accidentally or deliberately poisoned, and supports NHS Direct and NHS 24 in providing advice to members of the public.