Yellow Card Centre Northern & Yorkshire

About the YCC Northern & Yorkshire

The Yellow Card Centre 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
  • Research
  • 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 hours:

Monday to Friday              09:00 – 17:00

Contact the YCC Northern & Yorkshire
Yellow Card Centre Northern and Yorkshire
Regional Drug and Therapeutics Centre
16/17 Framlington Place
Newcastle upon Tyne

Tel. 0191 213 7855 (office hours)

 Prof SHL Thomas Director RDTC, Reader in Therapeutics
(YCCNY Director)
Dr R Thanacoody Consultant Physician/Clinical Toxicologist
Ms N Kane Senior Medical Information Scientist