Our Services

Biomedical Engineering Department

The Biomedical Engineering (BME) department provides a comprehensive, management and maintenance service for medical systems and technology for the acute and community services of South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust. 

Specialist Biomedical Engineers provide advice on the safe and effective use of medical devices to consultants, nursing staff, patients and carers. 

In addition to the repair and maintenance of medical devices, managers and clinical staff are provided with advice and recommendations related to trial, evaluation and purchase requirements based upon clinical needs for a wide variety of devices from simple blood pressure devices to full networked patient monitoring systems, life support and diagnostic medical devices. The Trust has in excess of eleven  thousand medical devices in use in departments such as the Coronary Care Unit, Special Care Baby Unit, Operating Theatres, Intensive Therapy Unit, Emergency, District Nursing, Podiatry and Health Centres.

The service is also responsible for the management of telecommunications including telephony systems, paging and radio networks.

We are based at

South Tyneside District Hospital
Harton Lane
South Shields
NE34 0PL

Contact Details

Biomedical Engineering Team: 0191 202 4000

Email: BME@stft.nhs.uk

The Team

The team led by Mike Cox Head of Biomedical Engineering provides services for six specialties: Anaesthetics, Electronics, Fluid Delivery, Community & Instrumentation, Physiological Measurement and Telecommunications all supported by systems administrator Gillian Smith.

The department prides itself in providing a cost effective, efficient, quality service with excellent response times to meet the needs of its customers and the service.

Team Members

Head of BME – Mike Cox 

Systems Administration – Gillian Smith

Electronics – John Wall

Physiological Measurement – Chris Atthey

Anaesthetics & Gas delivery systems – Michael Greason

Fluid Delivery Systems – Michael Crowe

Community & Instrumentation - James Taylor, John Buffham, Ian McNay

Telecommunications – Dave Taylor

Locations for Biomedical Engineering in South Tyneside:

South Tyneside District Hospital, South Shields, 0191 202 4000