About the YCC Northern & Yorkshire
The Yellow Card Centre Northern and Yorkshire (formerly CSM Northern and Yorkshire) is one of five regional adverse reaction monitoring centres, acting on behalf of the Medicines and Healthcare
products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
Our main objective is to support and stimulate local reporting of adverse drug reactions, through the Yellow Card Scheme, in which reports on suspected adverse reactions are submitted to the MHRA.
Since 31 May 2006, the YCC Northern and Yorkshire as for all YCCs, no longer receives and processes
yellow card reports. All reports are now received centrally by the MHRA and the data captured electronically, enabling faster detection of possible drug safety issues. Any yellow cards sent to the regional centre are redirected to the MHRA.
The primary role of the centre is to encourage adverse drug reaction reporting amongst local health professionals and patients, by providing support and education, targeted according to local reporting patterns. Our activities include:
Education to key reporter groups and undergraduates
Production of our bulletin, Safer Medication Use to raise awareness of adverse drug reactions and
discuss safe prescribing
Sharing good practice to encourage adverse drug reaction reporting
Website development to facilitate better communication with our local reporters
Promotion of electronic reporting
Who uses the service?
Support in adverse drug reaction detection, reporting and prevention is provided to all healthcare professionals from Northern and Yorkshire, particularly doctors, dentists, pharmacists and
nurses. We also provide educational sessions to patient groups and forums. If you are interested in education please contact the centre. For examples of our educational materials please see our educational tools section.
Other Yellow Card Centres are based in Cardiff (for Wales), Liverpool (for the North West region), Birmingham (for West Midlands region), and Edinburgh (for Scotland).
Who works here?
The centre is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of physicians,
pharmacists, nurses and medical information scientists.
The knowledge and experience of the staff at the centre is supported by access to a wide range of pharmaceutical and biomedical information, including databases, reference texts, medical and pharmaceutical journals and in house files.
When can I contact the service?
This service is available during the following
Monday to Friday 09:00 – 17:00
Contact the YCC Northern & Yorkshire
Yellow Card Centre Northern and Yorkshire
Regional Drug and Therapeutics Centre
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tel. 0191 260 6182 (office hours)
Fax. 0191 260
Prof SHL Thomas
Director RDTC, Reader in Therapeutics
Mrs S Smith
Senior Pharmacist Pharmacovigilance
Dr R Thanacoody
Consultant Physician/Clinical Toxicologist
Ms S Harvey