Our pharmacy service oversees all the medication provided to our patients across all our hospitals. Our pharmacists work with doctors and nurses to ensure patients are given the correct medication on the wards and we also have dispensaries at North Tyneside, Wansbeck and Hexham general hospitals.

Coming into hospital

Our hospital staff need to obtain a clear record of all the medicines you take so to help us please bring in all your medicines when you are admitted. This includes any tablets, liquids, creams, eye drops, inhalers, sprays, insulin patches any medicines (including herbal or homeopathic remedies) you have bought.

Also bring your repeat prescription sheet from your GP.

If possible bring your medicines in their original packs, with the community pharmacy’s label on. If you use a tablet organiser/box or a reminder chart please bring that in with you. This helps our staff to confirm the dose you take.

Your medicines will be stored in individual lockable bedside cabinets during your stay in hospital. This allows your own regular medication to be used during your stay.

Please ensure that your visitors do not bring other medicines into hospital for you to take, unless they are asked to do so by a member of the hospital team treating you.

Medicines which you take in hospital need to be prescribed.

Any additional medicines you may need will be provided by the hospital pharmacy. Medicines which are no longer required will be removed and, with your permission, safely destroyed.

Leaving hospital

When you leave hospital please check with the nurse that you have all your medicines. You should have at least seven days supply, and up to 28 days supply, of your medication when you leave hospital, along with instructions.

Pharmacists or nurses on the ward will be happy to discuss any changes in your medication, and provide information on new medicines, including side effects to watch out for.

The team

You will meet our pharmacists and technicians on the ward.

Contacts and pharmacy opening times

Please note that our dispensaries are only to provide medication prescribed to patients in outpatient clinics or when discharged from hospital. If our pharmacy is closed you may be given a prescription to take to your community pharmacy.

Click the links below for the May Day Bank Holiday pharmacy opening times:

North Tyneside General Hospital

0344 811 8111
Extension 2929 or 2454 

Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm
Saturday/Sunday: closed

Wansbeck General Hospital 

01670 529427

Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm
Saturday/Sunday: closed

Hexham General Hospital

01434 655041 
Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm

Saturday/Sunday: closed

If you need urgent medical advice at night or the weekend, there are out of hours contact numbers for services. In an emergency dial 999.

Please click on the following link for more information on staying with us in hospital.

Approved medicines

Details of the trust’s formulary, which gives details of medicines that are approved for use in NHS organisations in Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland, can be found by clicking here