To protect our patients and colleagues and to help minimise the spread of COVID-19 we made the difficult decision to suspend visiting at all of our hospitals. We understand how hard it is to be separated from your loved ones during this uncertain time, which is why we introduced a new 'Sending Love' service to help you to stay connected. Although restricted visiting has been reintroduced into our hospitals, we've decided to keep the scheme, which allows you to send a message/letter/photographs to a loved one while they are a patient in one of our hospitals. We will then hand deliver your messages to your loved one to help you stay in touch.

To send a message simply complete the form below, or if you prefer you can send your message via email to (Please make sure you include the patient/staff members full name, patients date of birth and where they are in the hospital i.e. ward name/department)

If you would prefer, you can post your letter to:

Communications Team #SendingLove
South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
South Tyneside District Hospital
Harton Wing, Harton Lane
South Shields
NE34 0PL


At the moment, Sending Love deliveries run from Monday to Friday. If we receive your message on a Saturday or Sunday, it will be delivered on the following Monday. Please note that this service does not run on Bank Holidays such as Christmas Day/Boxing Day/New Year's Day.

We hope this offers our patients, their loved ones and our colleagues some comfort during these challenging times.

  • The Trust will take every precaution to maintain the security of any personal data provided by you and printed by us for the purpose of communicating a 'Sending Love' message.
  • The Trust will only process the data provided in relation to this process for this specific purpose.
  • By inputting the requested personal data into this form you are confirming that you wish to engage with the 'Sending Love' process and understand and acknowledge that it is done so at your own risk. The Trust does not accept any responsibility or liability for the data provided by you for this processing.