Our Services


South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust’s Pharmacy Department provides services to patients cared for at South Tyneside District Hospital and those cared for by our Community Services across Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland.

Pharmacy's role is to support the safe and effective use of medicines for all our patients. We do this through teams of highly trained pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, pharmacy dispensing assistants, pharmacy assistants, information analysts, clerical officers and porters, who specialise in different aspects of medicines use. You will meet our pharmacists and pharmacy technicians on the ward where they work with doctors and nurses to ensure patients are given the correct medication on the wards.

All medicines are prescribed in accordance with the local formulary, produced jointly with South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which includes all medicines which have been recommended in NICE Technology Appraisals.

Coming into hospital

When you come into hospital we will need to obtain a clear record of all the medicines you take so that these can be prescribed for you during your stay. To help us do this, please bring in all your medicines when you are admitted. This includes any tablets, liquids, creams, eye drops, inhalers, sprays, insulins, patches or any medicines (including herbal or homeopathic remedies) you have bought. Also please bring your repeat prescription sheet from your GP any warning cards, information cards or record cards for any medicines you take.

In most cases you will be asked by one pharmacists and pharmacy technicians for permission to access your summary care record, which will give the team access to an electronic summary of essential information about any medicines, allergies and adverse reactions derived from your GP record.

If possible bring your medicines in their original packs, with the community pharmacy’s label on. If you use a tablet organiser/box or a reminder chart please bring that in with you, these all help our staff to confirm the dose you take.

In most cases your medicines will be stored in individual lockable bedside cabinets during your stay in hospital. This allows your own regular medication to be used during your stay, any additional medicines you may need will be provided by the hospital pharmacy. Medicines which are no longer required will be removed and, with your permission, safely destroyed.

Please ensure that your visitors do not bring other medicines into hospital for you to take, unless they are asked to do so by a member of the hospital team treating you.

Leaving hospital

When you leave hospital please check with the nurse that you have all your medicines. You should have at least 7 days supply, and up to 28 days supply, of your medication when you leave hospital, along with instructions on how to take your medicines. The pharmacists, pharmacy technicians or nurses on the ward will be happy to discuss any changes in your medication, and provide information on new medicines, including side effects to watch out for. In certain cases you may be asked to visit your usual community pharmacist to discuss these changes shortly after your discharge to ensure that you understand your medicines and provide you with further advice or information if required.

Where is the service provided from?

Pharmacy Department

South Tyneside District Hospital

Harton Lane

South Shields

Tyne and Wear

NE34 0PL.

Opening hours

We open our pharmacy seven days a week:

  • Monday - Friday: 09.00 - 17.00
  • Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays: 10.00 - 13.00

Outside of these hours there is a pharmacist on-call in order to ensure medicines and pharmacy advice is available in emergency situations.

Contact details

Pharmacy Office - 0191 404 1058

Dispensary - 0191 404 1000 ext. 2251

Locations for Pharmacy in South Tyneside:

Pharmacy Department, South Shields