Our Services


Also known as: X-Ray

The Radiology Department at South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust provides a comprehensive diagnostic, and where appropriate, interventional imaging service. The department was recently fully refurbished with new 'state of the art' imaging equipment including a hospital wide digital imaging system.

Radiology Services provided -

  • Digital radiographs (plain x-rays) X-rays are very short wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation that are used to produce images of bones and internal organs. X-Rays are used to demonstrate many different areas of the body and can be used to help make a diagnosis in relation to your illness or injury
  • Fluoroscopy with Digital Spot Imaging and Digital Subtraction Angiography We have a dedicated screening room where interventional procedures are undertaken. The most common example of such a procedure is the angiogram where we take x-ray pictures of the blood vessels which supply the legs or heart.
  • CT (Computerised  Tomography) Scanning  A CT scanner uses x-rays to obtain cross-sectional pictures. Patients can think of the information obtained as a series of slices through whatever area your doctor has asked us to look at.  CT scanning is used for looking at the contents of the chest, abdomen and pelvis and brain. It can provide useful information for patients with orthopaedic problems and can also be used to provide pictures of the blood system, the heart and the bowel.
  • MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) MRI combines a powerful magnet with radio-frequency pulses to produce cross-sectional pictures of any part of the body without the need for x-rays.  MRI gives highly detailed pictures of the soft tissues within the body.  Whereas an ordinary x-ray produces very good pictures of the bones, an MRI scan can show details of the brain, muscles and ligaments, nerves, blood vessels and internal organs.  MRI doesn't cause any pain or discomfort.
  • Non – Obstetric ultrasound including Doppler studies Ultrasound utilises high frequency sounds rather than x-rays to produce images of the body.  It is used in the imaging of the organs of the abdomen and pelvis as well as for imaging the soft tissues in the neck.  It is also used for patients with muscular-skeletal problems.  A special type of ultrasound called Doppler is used to investigate deep vein thrombosis and diseased arteries

Where is the service provided from?

Radiology Services for the Trust are concentrated in the department at South Shields District Hospital (NE34 0PL), with a small satellite X-ray unit located in Palmer Community Hospital (NE32 3UX).

Opening hours

South Tyneside District Hospital

Monday to Friday: 8.30 am - 5.30 pm
Saturday:  9.00 am - 12.00noon

MRI Department            

Monday to Thursday: 8.30am – 7.00pm
Friday: 8.30am – 5.00pm 

The Ultrasound Service

Monday - Wednesday 8:30am – 5:00pm
Thursday 8:30am – 7.00pm
Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm
Saturday & Sunday 9:00am – 12.30pm

Palmer Community Hospital

Monday: 9.00am - 12.15pm
Tuesday: 9.00am - 12.30pm   1.00pm - 5.00pm
Wednesday: Until further notice Palmers x-ray will be closed every Wednesday. (Anyone requiring imaging on Wednesdays can be seen at the main department at the District Hospital, South Tyneside Foundation Trust.)
Friday: 9.00 am - 12.15 pm

We provide a 24 hour service for emergencies.

Clinical Lead: Dr Richard Cooper who is a Consultant Radiologist
Clinical Business Manager: Ms Bronia Fleet.

Information Leaflets & Information

Locations for Radiology in South Tyneside:

Palmer Community Hospital, Jarrow, 0191 451 6000

South Tyneside District Hospital, South Shields, 0191 404 1000