South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust is consistently ranked as one of the best by the organisations which inspect and regulate. The Healthcare Commission, the independent body which inspects us, gave us ratings of ‘Excellent’ for the quality of our services and ‘Excellent’ for the use of resources.
We believe that the way a NHS Foundation Trust works will help us to improve the services we provide even further and to do so faster, and in keeping with what local people want.
To provide a comprehensive range of high quality health care services in our hospitals, clinics or at home to meet the needs of the local population and others who wish to make use of our services.
Our aims are:
- To provide a comprehensive range of health care services locally.
- To provide a continuity of care between primary, secondary and community services.
- To promote healthy lifestyles through preventative health strategies.
- To ensure health care designed for the individual in participation with patients and carers, and in line with the philosophy of community care.
- To be a centre of innovation, excellence and research.
- To develop and realise the full potential of staff.
The Trust is based at South Tyneside District Hospital in South Shields, Tyne and Wear, between Newcastle upon Tyne and Sunderland. It was selected as one of the Top 40 Hospitals in the country by the independent benchmarking company, CHKS (2007) - the fifth time in the last 6 years. The hospital has been recognised as having some of the lowest waiting lists and times and has been named as one of the cleanest hospitals, having the lowest MRSA rates in the country. In addition they were one of only 5 out of ALL hospitals nationally to have excelled in all our patient safety indicators and were therefore shortlisted for the National Patient Safety Award. We achieved "highly commended" in this.