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Our Services

Children’s Emergency Care Centre and Paediatric Short Stay Assessment Unit (PSSAU)

The Emergency Care department for children provides emergency assessment of children aged between 0-16 years. Any child attending the department will have their condition assessed, investigations performed if required and referrals made where necessary.

The department accepts referrals from GP’s and other health professionals as well as seeing patients when they ‘turn up’.

Any children requiring a longer assessment will be admitted to the Paediatric Short Stay Unit, which is adjacent to the A&E assessment rooms. Whilst in short stay the child can be treated and further assessed for up to 24 hours. Any child requiring care for longer than that period would be transferred out to a hospital which could provide in patient Paediatric care – either Sunderland or Newcastle, depending on the situation.

Where is the service provided from?

The department is situated adjacent to adults accident and emergency on the hospital site:

South Tyneside District Hospital
Harton Lane
South Shields
NE34 0PL

The department can be accessed by the same Accident and emergency entrance.

Contact details

The direct lines for the department are (0191) 4041260 / (0191) 4042161.

The team:

The team consists of Registered Childrens Nurses, Nursery Nurses, Auxiliary Nurses, Paediatric Nurse Practitioners, Advanced Paediatric Nurse Practitioners, Medical staff and Consultant Paediatricians.

Locations for Children’s Emergency Care Centre and Paediatric Short Stay Assessment Unit (PSSAU) in South Tyneside:

South Tyneside District Hospital, South Shields, 0191 404 1000