Our Occupational Therapy team provide practical support to empower our patients to facilitate recovery and overcome barriers preventing them from doing activities that matter to them. This support helps increase our patients' independence and satisfaction in all aspects of life.

Nursing staff may refer patients to occupational therapy during their stay; an occupational therapist will visit the ward to gather information about how patients managed daily activities before they came into hospital and to ask them about any concerns before they return home.

Therapists work very closely with other professionals to ensure patients are safely discharged from hospital with the correct levels of care. There are various services within occupational health such as: Acute Stroke and Rehabiliation, Care of the Older Person, Interface Team, Medical and Surgical, Rheumatology and Trauma and Orthopaedic Occupational Therapy.

Our team will consider all of our patients' needs - physical, psychological, social and environmental. Each therapist is professionally trained and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Contact Us

South Tyneside District Hospital:

Hand Clinic: 0191 4041000 ext.3091

Orthopaedic Surgical: 0191 4041000 ext.3104 Bleep 284

Acute Medicine: 0191 4041000 ext.3102/3 Bleep 102

Elderly Care: 0191 4041000 ext 2525/2530


Sunderland Royal Hospital: 0191 5656256 extension 42412

Finding Us

South Tyneside District Hospital: Harton Lane, South Shields, NE34 0PL

Sunderland Royal Hospital: The Occupational Therapy Department is located in Entrance 8 Rehabilitation at Sunderland Royal Hospital.

Our Team

Divisional Director: Vicky Mitchell

Clinical Director:  Mary Spearman

Directorate Manager: Tim Burdett