Our Communications Team is the first point of contact for all media enquiries.

You can contact the team directly for information, filming and interview requests - please do not contact individual members of staff directly.

Any filming or photography on any of our sites by the media must be overseen by our team. Please get in touch to make your request.

For media enquiries during office hours (Monday to Friday from 9am-5pm) please contact: 

Fiona Thompson 
Media and PR Manager
0191 404 1128 or fiona.thompson38@nhs.net

Sharon Emms
Communications Officer (Wednesday - Friday) 
0191 4041127 or sharon.emms@nhs.net

or for media enquiries in relation to the Path to Excellence Programme, please contact: 

Liz Davies
Director of Communications 
0191 2024010 or liz.davies2@nhs.net

For media enquiries in relation to All Together Better, please contact:

Lauren Robinson
Communications and Engagement Manager (ATB)
0191 4041282 or lauren.robinson13@nhs.net

For urgent out-of-hours media enquiries please contact the on-call manager via our switchboard at Sunderland Royal on 0191 565 6256 or South Tyneside District Hospital on 0191 4041000.

Press releases

Visit our News section for the latest press releases from the Trust.

Patient confidentiality

We place great emphasis on the need for the strictest confidentiality, in respect of our patients. We will not divulge any information about a patient unless we are given permission from the individual, their guardian or their next of kin. All requests for interviewing/photographing patients must be made through the Communications Team.

Condition checks

All condition checks should come through the Communications Team. We can only provide information about a patient where we are given the name of the patient concerned and we have consent by them / their family / next of kin. Please do not contact our wards directly as they will not be able to provide you with this information.