SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 17: Former Essendon coach James Hird speaks for the first time about the Essendon doping scandal at The Ethics Centre on January 17, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. The Court of Arbitration for Sport this week upheld an appeal from the World Anti-Doping Agency against the AFL tribunal's decision to clear 34 past and present Essendon players of taking the banned substance thymosin-beta 4 while Hird was coach. The decision means those players have now been banned from the sport for 12 months. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

James Hird has been taken to a specialist mental health centre, following a suspected overdose on Wednesday evening.

Reports emerged on Thursday afternoon that Hird had been rushed to hospital following  a major health scare which Channel Seven later reported as “an intentional poisoning overdose”.

Hird was rushed to Cabrini Hospital in Malvern from his Toorak home at around 10pm on Wednesday night.

However, Cabrini Health refused to confirm at the time whether or not Hird was treated at the hospital.

“We are unable to provide information on any individual patient. The safety, wellbeing and privacy of all our patients is of utmost importance at Cabrini,” hospital spokeswoman Christine Elmer told the Herald Sun.

It is unknown what substance he may have taken.