We have a dedicated 24/7 children’s facility at Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington for the emergency care and treatment of children aged under 16. Children with minor injuries can still be seen at our urgent care centres at North Tyneside, Wansbeck and Hexham general hospitals (these walk-in centres are open 8am-12 midnight from 1 December 2016). Our general hospitals in North Tyneside, Wansbeck and Hexham continue to provide a variety of outpatient clinics for children, as well as any planned care or surgery.


Your child’s care

In the Northumbria hospital, children who are seriously ill or injured will be quickly assessed by paediatricians and emergency care specialists who work together in the children’s unit. Following this it will be determined whether a child needs to be admitted for observation or an overnight stay. Some children may be well enough to be sent home after treatment, or be referred for follow up at one of our general hospitals. A few children, such as those requiring a longer hospital stay, may be transferred to the Children’s Hospital in Newcastle.

Planned care, such as outpatient appointments and follow-up care, as well as planned surgery, will continue to be provided as locally as possible. We offer outpatient clinics across the area and day surgery for under 16 at North Tyneside  

Community clinics are held in a variety of venues including Berwick, Alnwick, Blyth, Cramlington, Ashington, North Shields and Longbenton.

Special Care Baby Unit

There is a special Care Baby Unit at our new hospital working alongside Maternity Services. The Unit is supported by Advnaced Neonatal Nurse practitioners and Acute Paediatric consultants

Links to other departments

Your child may be referred to other Child health Services following your attendance for further support such as the Community Nursing team, Health visitor or School Nurse.

Safeguarding children

We take safeguarding very seriously and work alongside partner agencies in ensuring that children have a safe happy, healthy childhood, with the appropriate interventions which will support them into adult life.

We have a number of safeguarding arrangements in place including all staff having a DBS check prior to employment and those working with children undergoing an enhanced level of assessment, robust child protection systems including a process for following up children who miss appointments and a system for identifying children where there are safeguarding concerns, regular and ongoing safeguarding training of eligible staff.

We have designated professionals who take the lead on issues in relation to safeguarding. This comprises of one Named Nurse for hospital services, two Named Nurses for community services, a Named Midwife, two designated and Named Doctors. In addition there are Nurse Advisors and a Children’s Officer who train, support and advise staff within the organisation. The Director of Nursing is the executive lead for safeguarding.

You can contact the team on the following numbers:

Within our hospitals - 0191 2934212

In the community in North Tyneside  - 0191 2196697

In the community in Northumberland  - 01670 593681

The team

Throughout your child’s care they may be seen by different healthcare professionals including a paediatric consultant, advanced paediatricnurse practitioners, registered Childrens Nurse, nursery nurse, diabetes nurse, occupational therapist, dietitian or physiotherapist, nursery nurse.

We also work closely with the local authority education and disability service.

Hospital-based Consultant Paediatricians

  • Dr A Akak
  • Dr S Bruce
  • Dr E Strehle
  • Dr M Woodsford
  • Dr J Townsend
  • Dr S Owens
  • Dr V Balasubrahmanyam

Community-based Consultant Paediatricians

  • Dr B Bateman
  • Dr M Vincent
  • Dr J Cardwell
  • Dr A Redfearn
  • Dr M Baggot
  • Dr A Bhattacharya
  • Dr G Turner
  • Dr E Chiang
  • Dr A Buckland
  • Dr P Garood
  • Dr N Jones

CAMHS Consultant Child Psychiatrists

  • Dr C Boyce
  • Dr S Kelkar
  • Dr S Macauley
  • Dr J Owens
  • Dr S McCutcheon

CAMHS Consultant Psychologists

  • Sharon Ameli-Zamali

Other staff your child may meet

  • Carole Clayton, Ward Manager for SSPAU Theresa Maddison,
  • Mr G Brookes Nurse Consultant for Special Care Baby Unit

Your child's appointment

If you need to change your child's appointment please call 0344 811 8118 and one of our patient care advisors will help you re-arrange it.


If you have a question or concern, contact the children’s service through our switchboard, 0344 811 8111. In an emergency dial 999.

Patient support groups

The Child Health Action Team (CHAT) is a very popular group made up of young people who meet regularly to review services for young people in health care settings and let us know how we can improve on them. The young members also provide support for each other with any problems they may have. If you would like further information please contact Tracy Scott, involvement lead for child health on 0191 293 2087.