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Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Incident

This guidance covers clinical management and health protection in chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) incidents. Forensic healthcare professionals may come into contact with CBRN incidents during the course of their work:

  • Attend sudden, unexpected or suspicious deaths
  • Assessing suspects of a CBRN related offence
  • Assessing of suspected terrorism-related offences.

The printable cards help healthcare staff recognise symptoms of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) incidents and emerging diseases.


These documents are for:

  • frontline health care professionals in emergency departments
  • healthcare professionals in primary care and public health
  • emergency planners and trainers
  • emergency service personnel




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General enquiries and headquarters

Public information access office
Public Health England
Wellington House
133-155 Waterloo Road


Main switchboard 020 7654 8000

Health advice for members of the public 111 (NHS 111 service, free from any phone)


Health protection professional contacts

Contact form [Click here]

Infectious diseases (including PHE Colindale) 020 8200 4400

Chemicals (PHE Chilton) 01235 831600

Radiation 01235 831600: 24/7 01235 834590

Emergency response and preparedness 01980 612100

Field epidemiology 0345 504 8668 (Option 4)

Use the contact form link to look up local health protection teams. The national centres listed below provide specialist public health advice for healthcare professionals and are not for the general public to use.