Long term illnesses


  1. Overview
  2. Support for children with palliative care needs
  3. Hospice care


Hospice care for children is a part of the broader, palliative care approach for children with life limiting conditions.

A "life limiting condition" is described as one where there is no reasonable hope of cure and from which children and young people will die.

This includes some conditions that cause progressive deterioration, some conditions that will lead to premature death, and some conditions that are not progressive conditions, but which are irreversible, cause severe disability and susceptibility to health complications, leading to a likelihood of premature death.

Support for children with palliative care needs

Children's Community Nursing Team
Stanhope Parade Health Centre
Gordon Street
South Shields
Tyne & Wear
NE33 4JP

Access to the team is through referral by GP or by pediatrician.

Hospice care

There are no hospice type services for children located in South Tyneside, but there are services in the region that families can access.

Families from South Tyneside go to services at:

St Oswalds Hospice
Regent Avenue
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne & Wear
NE33 1EE
Phone: 0191 285 0063
Email: enquiries@stoswaldsuk.org
Website: St Oswald's Hospice

Butterwick Hospice
Middlefield Road
Stockton on Tees
TS19 8XN
Phone: 01642 607 742
Website: Butterwick Hospice Care

With each of these providers there is an agreed "pathway" between the Primary Care Trust and the Council.

This means that when a placement is needed, agreement is reached with the provider about the level of care that will be available and how the cost of the placement will be met.

For more information about how to access these services, call:

  • Children's Community Nursing Service on 0191 451 6100
  • Specialist Health Visitor at Palmer Community Hospital on 0191 451 6000