At the Regional Drug and Therapeutics Centre we provide a comprehensive answering service to support NHS healthcare professionals deal with questions about medicines to achieve better outcomes for patients and optimise medicines use. If you are a healthcare professional you can contact us by telephone 0191 282 4631 (office hours) or e-mail:

The team works within the UKMi network and is part of the NHS England commissioned Specialist Pharmacy Service (SPS) contributing to a range of work streams including:

  • SPS website information
  • Regional Medicines Optimisation Committees
  • IV Monograph quality assurance
  • Medicines safety projects
  • Horizon scanning for the impact of new medicines

Why use our Medicines Information Service?

We have staff trained on the provision of good quality, evidence-based answers to questions about medicines.

We have access to a broad range of reputable resources which can be expensive.

We can save you time. Literature searches, evaluating evidence and formulating an evidence-based answer can be time consuming and impractical for a busy healthcare professional.

Our MI Staff

We are a multidisciplinary team consisting of Pharmacists, and specialist Medical Information Scientists. Additional medical support is provided by a consultant physician.

Our MI Resources

Along with the knowledge and experience of our staff, our resources include a wide range of pharmaceutical and biomedical information, such as online databases, books, journals, and in-house files.

We utilise standard UKMi search strategies to find the most relevant information in a systematic, accurate and timely manner.