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Our Services

Acute Respiratory Assessment Service (ARAS)

The Acute Respiratory Assessment Service (ARAS) provides a specialist service for the assessment, management and treatment maximisation of patients with respiratory conditions who live in South Tyneside. The team works across both primary and secondary care liaising closely with GPs, primary care staff, community matrons and acute consultants to assess and treat patients in South Tyneside aiming to prevent hospital admission. Where patients are admitted to hospital with a worsening of their respiratory condition the service will aim to facilitate assisted discharge of patients from hospital and provide on-going community support in the form of home visits and monitoring.

Other services:

  • Provision of patients for home oxygen therapy (on discharge from hospital only)
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Non-invasive therapy
  • Outpatient nurse led clinics
  • Nebuliser provision
  • Education Programmes

Where is the service provided from

The majority of the service is located within South Tyneside District Hospital either on the acute wards or in the outpatient clinic department. Part of the service is also carried out in the patient’s own home.

The team are based at:

South Tyneside District Hospital
Harton Lane
South Shields
Tyne and Wear
NE34 0PL

Telephone direct line: (0191) 4041062
Fax: (0191) 2022166
Bleep via switchboard: (0191) 4041000 ask for bleep 826


The Team

Respiratory Nurse Specialists: Claire Southwick, Mandy Baker, Jamie Mackintosh, Tracey Brydon, Bev Robson
Staff Nurse: John Weir
Aux Nurse: Chris Langley
Secretary: Bev Redpath

Locations for Acute Respiratory Assessment Service (ARAS) in South Tyneside:

South Tyneside District Hospital, South Shields, (0191) 404 1000