Our Services


See also: Children's physiotherapy

Physiotherapy helps restore movement and function and manage pain when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability. It is a science-based profession which takes a ‘whole person’ approach to health and wellbeing including the patient’s general lifestyle. At South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust, our team of Chartered Physiotherapists registered with the Health Professions Council help people of all ages affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. We facilitate recovery, enabling people to stay in work while helping them to remain independent for as long as possible.

Physiotherapists cover many areas, more information about a specialist service can be found in the sections below:

  • Outpatients (Musculoskeletal)
  • Outpatients (Neurological and elderly conditions)
  • Inpatients (ward based services)

Outpatients (Musculoskeletal)

Musculoskeletal (MSK) Physiotherapy can play an important role in promoting, maintaining and restoring physical, psychological and social wellbeing. Musculoskeletal disorders are problems with bones, joints, ligaments, muscles and tendons which cause pain or discomfort and limit movement and function. They can be due to injury, surgery, accidents, ageing, illness or disability.

The MSK service in South Tyneside District Hospital is where a highly-trained team assess and treat patients who have undergone orthopaedic surgery, or are referred from Accident and Emergency or specialist clinics either at the District Hospital or neighbouring Trusts in Sunderland, Gateshead and Newcastle. Appointments are all face-to-face and are held in the treatment room, the hydrotherapy pool or the gym within the main physiotherapy department.

Contact telephone number: (0191) 4041086

Outpatients (Neurological/Elderly conditions)

Falls Service

We provide specialist assessment and advice to people who have suffered falls. If you have had a fall we will look at all the possible causes in order to prevent further falls occurring. This may involve home safety advice, an exercise programme to improve your strength and balance either individually or in a group. We encourage older people to lead active independent lives.

Neurological Rehabilitation

The Physiotherapy team also provides specialised assessment and treatment for a wide range of neurological conditions including Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's, head injury and motor neurone disease.

Inpatients (Ward Based services)

Elderly Rehabilitation

The Physiotherapy Team provide a comprehensive physiotherapy service on Wards 2 & 19 at South Tyneside District Hospital, Palmers and Primrose Hospital. They aim to maximise the functional potential for each individual client and to enable the client and their carers to handle confidently their disability within the home and wider community. Patients receive an individualised assessment covering medical, physical, social and psychological circumstances. Treatment plans are agreed which seeks to improve health, prevent complications, and compensate for disability by making the greatest use of residual abilities whilst continuing to improve the overall condition.


The orthopaedic service has a physiotherapy team working each day of the week to help you in your recovery following surgery. The aim is to enable you to achieve a suitable level of independence whilst you are in hospital. If you have more extensive rehabilitation needs you may be transferred to our Out Patient Physiotherapy services to continue your recovery or our Orthopaedic discharge service which enables a smooth discharge from hospital by providing on going therapy for patients in their own home.

Medical Service

The medical service has a physiotherapy team who help patients recover from medical illness and respiratory conditions. The aim is to improve mobility, physical and respiratory function.

Maternity Services and Urogynae

Our physiotherapists specialise in the physiotherapeutic care of women in relation to childbirth, both ante natally and post natally, in the conservative treatment of bladder and bowel incontinence, in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions both during pregnancy, and immediately post natally and may be involved in the care of women undergoing gynecological surgery.