Central Texas Poison Center

Scott & White Memorial Hospital, Temple

The Central Texas Poison Center (CTPC) has been in open since 1994. The CTPC functions under the Department of Emergency Medicine at Baylor Scott & White Memorial Hospital and Clinic. The CTPC has predominately served Healthcare services Region 7, which contains 30 counties surrounding Bell County. As part of the Scott & White system, rapid access to toxicologic information twenty-four hours a day is provided. Pharmacist, Nurses, and Doctors, in consultation with an emergency Department physician answers all calls.

Today the CTPC offers comprehensive poison information services to the 3 million residents of Central Texas. Human exposures volume has steadily increased from 500 a month in September 1994 to 2,750 now. Total Contacts, including information and follow-ups calls, have a blossomed to over 6,500 a month over the same time frame.

Mission: To improve the health of the people of Texas by providing personalized high quality, compressive poison control services.

Vision: To provide the best and latest poison related information available to those in need.


  • Compassion: We care about each of our patients and show that in our voices and actions.
  • Integrity: We will show respect and dignity to everyone we encounter.
  • Service: We are committed to exceeding each caller’s expectation.
  • Teamwork: We are committed to work together for the betterment of our patients and each other.

Educator: Tommie Ferguson
Phone: 254-724-7404
Email: tommie.ferguson@bswhealth.org

Poisons are tricky. They can hide in bathrooms, kitchens, even in refrigerators and outside! After Otto makes a mistake and uses bathroom cleaner instead of soap to wash his hands, his mom calls poison control, and the man at the poison control center sends Pal, a friend to take Otto on a poison discovery through his home to learn all about how to keep safe from poisons, and how you should always ask an adult before you EAT, SMELL, or TOUCH ANYTHING.

In accordance with the Central Texas Poison Center at Baylor Scott & White Health, Jennifer Watson has written an educational adventure to teach children and adults all about how to recognize and be careful around common poisons and venomous snakes and insects. Including exciting, hands-on activities and a teacher s guide, Otto’s Poison Discovery is a fun and informative approach to learning about poison safety in your home. Remember, your local poison control center can be reached any time, day or night, by calling 1-800-222-1222!

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