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. The scheme collects and monitors reports of suspected adverse reactions, and is run by the MHRA.

All reports are received centrally by the MHRA and the data captured electronically, enabling faster detection of possible drug safety issues.

The primary role of the centre is to encourage adverse drug reaction reporting among patients and health professionals in the region, 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?

The service provides support to all healthcare professionals in primary and secondary care in the former Northern and Yorkshire region, including doctors, dentists, pharmacists, nurses, and other non-medical prescribers. We also provide support and educational sessions to patient groups and forums.  If you are interested in education please contact the centre (see below for contact information). 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)


Sue Dickinson

Ruben Thanacoody

Prof. Simon Thomas

Christine Fyfe

Conor McCahill

Director of Pharmacy

Director of NPIS Newcastle

Medical Director, Consultant Physician

Senior Pharmacist, Information Services

Senior Pharmacist, Information Services

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