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Continuing Health Care

Information for people with on-going healthcare needs.

NHS continuing health care is a package of continuing care provided outside hospital, arranged and funded solely by the NHS, for people with ongoing healthcare needs. NHS continuing healthcare is free, unlike social and community care services provided by local authorities for which a charge may be made, depending on your income and savings.


  • In your own home: the NHS will pay for healthcare, such as services from a community nurse or specialist therapist and personal care.
  • In a care home: as well as healthcare and personal care, the NHS will pay for your care home fees, including board and accommodation.

Who is this service available to?

To be eligible for NHS continuing healthcare, your main or primary need for care must relate to your health. To decide if you're eligible for NHS continuing healthcare, your care needs will be assessed by a health or social care professional.


There is no charge for this service.


If you have a query about Continuing Healthcare:

Phone: 0191 427 2002


Address: Continuing Healthcare Team, South Shields Town Hall, Westoe Road, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE33 2RL

Find out more about Continuing Health Care

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