The integrated care unit is a fully self-contained 20 bedded unit within Howdon Care Centre. The service provides 24 hour qualified nursing and specialist therapy in a safe and relaxed environment.

The integrated care unit provides extra rehabilitation for patients who no longer require treatment in hospital, but require a short period of extra therapy to help them return to their home.

Specialist staff will work with you, your family and/or carers to design a package of support tailored to your needs focusing on helping you return home as soon as you are able.

Who we are

The service will be provided by Four Seasons Healthcare working in partnership with Northumbria Healthcare, Primary Care and North Tyneside Council. Specialists include:

  • GPs
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Nurses
  • Rehabilitation therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Consultant geriatricians
  • Social workers

Follow the links below to find out more on North Tyneside Integrated Care Unit

For staff:

For patients:

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, for the safety of our patients and staff, visiting our hospitals is still being restricted. We are sorry to have to continue to do this but this hopefully helps your loved one and other patients feel safe in our care.

We understand visiting is important so have arrangements in place to allow controlled visiting on our wards and departments.

There are a limited number of hourly slots for visitors on all general adult wards between 10am and 7pm, which must be pre-booked in advance. Each patient is now allowed two nominated visitors, who can visit on separate occasions or together if more convenient.

These people are not interchangeable. We need all visitors to keep to their hour to maintain social distancing and give all patients the opportunity to have their nominated people visit.

Surgical wards must remain ‘Covid-light’, so visiting will remain restricted. However, for patients who have been in hospital for 72 hours or more, one nominated visitor will be permitted to book a slot. Those wishing to visit should check arrangements with the ward.

In addition to this, when visiting you are reminded to expect:

  • to wash your hands at the hospital entrance and wear a mask when you enter the hospital
  • to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and observe social distancing
  • you should not visit if you feel unwell, have been asked to self-isolate, or believe you may have been in contact with someone who has Covid-19

This visitors’ guidance does not apply for patients at the end of life, maternity, the children’s ward and SCBU (Special Care Baby Unit).

For more information on maternity visiting, see here.

Visiting times should be: Between 10am and 7pm for two nominated people for one hour which must be pre-booked

Covid-light wards are: Northumbria Hospital ward 15, North Tyneside General Hospital wards 7 and 8, Wansbeck General Hospital wards 10 and 11 and Hexham General Hospital ward 3.

By road

From the A19 join the A193 (Tynemouth Road) westbound towards Wallsend. Continue for approximately 0.7 miles and turn left into Kent Avenue.

By bus

For up to day information, please visit the Traveline website.

By rail

The closest Metro station is Howdon Metro.

Car parking is available on site.

You will have your own room with en-suite toilet, and communal social spaces.

What to bring with you

During your stay, you will need the usual items you would take for a short break such as:

  • Nightclothes, day clothes and well-fitting footwear
  • Toiletries
  • Any medication you are taking, including any prescription or over the counter medicines
  • Spectacles and any walking or hearing aids and dentures
  • Proof of exemption for your prescriptions and proof of identification for collecting certain medicines, if appropriate
  • Books or magazines