Our Services

Hospital Sterilisation & Decontamination Unit (HSDU)

HSDU provides a range of decontamination and sterilisation services to our hospitals, health centres and clinics in South Tyneside, in addition to services provided to General Practitioners, health centres and private hospitals in the local area

The department processes and supplies a wide range of re-usable surgical instruments and single-use items, including state-of-the-art comprehensive sets of theatre instrumentation and equipment, drapes, dressings and other medical devices. These products are decontaminated and sterilised, using the latest washer/disinfectors and sterilisers, to ensure they are clinically safe to use during surgical and medical procedures and various treatments in virtually all Trust clinical services, including operating theatres, maternity, A&E, clinics and wards.

HSDU services comply with EU regulations and international quality assurance standards which are regularly audited by nationally-appointed and independent auditors to ensure the services we provide to our patients and clients are consistently maintained at a very high quality.


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

The unit operates during normal working hours and during the weekend when required. An out-of-hours on-call service is provided to support emergency services during evenings, weekends and Bank Holidays.

Contact details

David Campbell
Sterile Services Manager/Trust Decontamination Lead

Telephone: (0191) 4041000 ext. 3120



Locations for Hospital Sterilisation & Decontamination Unit (HSDU) in South Tyneside:

South Tyneside District Hospital, South Shields, 0191 404 1000