Patients and Visitors

Visiting Times

Please the Ward Information page for details of visiting times on individual wards.

Our visiting hours help us to make sure

  • Patients are providee with sufficient rest and recuperation time.
  • Staff are able to deliver care, ensuring that privacy & dignity is maintained, with reduced numbers of visitors around.
  • Our domestic staff in being able to ensure wards are kept clean, by giving greater time to clean around bed areas, as this can be more difficult to do during visiting.

We understand that when patients are very ill, or have specific needs, family and friends may wish to visit at other times. Please discuss this with the nurse in charge of the ward and appropriate arrangements will be made to support this.

We especially understand that visitors may wish to be present to assist a member of their family at mealtimes, and the nurse in charge will be happy to chat to you about this.

Outpatients Dispensary

The opening hours for the Outpatients Dispensary are:

Monday to Friday 9am until 5pm
Saturday, Sunday and Most Bank Holidays 10am until 1pm
Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day 10am until 12 noon

Please note the Outpatient Dispensary can only dispense hospital prescriptions generated by South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust prescribers. We are unable to dispense prescriptions issued by GP Surgeries or from the Urgent Care Centre.