If you suspect a poisoning or ingestion of a toxic substance, call the Kentucky Poison Control Center of Norton Children’s Hospital. All calls and consultations are free and confidential.
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Norton Children’s provides toxicology care for infants, children and teens with acute and chronic poison exposure. We provide emergency consultations for potential poison exposures, including ingestion, overdose and environmental exposures.
Norton Children’s Hospital supports the Kentucky Poison Control Center. Established in 1954 as the third poison control center in the U.S., the Kentucky Poison Control Center continues as an affiliate of Norton Children’s Hospital and is accredited as one of 55 regional poison control centers in the U.S.
The poison center, located on our downtown campus, serves all 120 counties in Kentucky and is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls to the poison control center are free and confidential.
Our physicians are board certified in medical toxicology, and our nurses are nationally certified specialists in poison information.
People of all ages call the poison control center — although the majority of calls (52.5%) are concerning children ages 5 and younger. This service helps community members determine if a poisoning exposure requires treatment at a health care facility. More than 75% of calls received can be managed without a visit to a hospital emergency room. The Kentucky Poison Control Center also assists health care providers treating patients exposed to various poisons.
The Kentucky Poison Control Center is the commonwealth’s only hotline staffed 24/7 by nationally board-certified health care providers able to rapidly handle emergencies requiring immediate medical care. In addition, we provide:
With a 125-year presence in Louisville, Norton Children’s is a leader in pediatric care across Kentucky and Southern Indiana, providing an expanded footprint that includes: