PALS (Patient Advice and Liaison Service) – South of Tyne
PALS provide information and advice about NHS services, advise and support patients, their families and carers, listen to your concerns, suggestions, compliments and queries and help sort out problems quickly on your behalf.
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Do you need someone to turn to for advice, help or support?
Do you have any concerns about the care you or a family member have received?
Do you need to speak to someone quickly, easily and in confidence about your healthcare?
How can the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) help?
As a patient, relative or carer, sometimes you may need to turn to someone for help, advice and support. This is where the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) can help.
PALS provide a free, confidential advice and support service. We can help you to sort out any concerns you may have about the care and treatment provided by Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust services in Sunderland, South Tyneside, Gateshead and at Lotus Ward, Acklam Road Hospital in Middlesbrough.
The service aims to:
• Provide information about the Trust’s mental health and disability services
• advise and support patients, their families and carers
• listen to your concerns, suggestions, compliments and queries
• help sort out problems quickly on your behalf.
We act independently when handling patient and family concerns, liaising with staff and managers.
What PALS can do
• Provide information
• Point you in the right direction
• Support you in writing a complaint
What PALS can not do
• Act as an advocate
• Act as a counselling service
• Process a complaint
How to contact PALS
PALS South of Tyne covers services at Sunderland, South Tyneside, Gateshead and Lotus Ward, Acklam Road Hospital.
Freephone 0800 328 4397 or 0191 566 7074
Garden Lodge, Hopewood Park, Waterworks Road, Ryhope, Sunderland, SR2 0NB
Monday to Friday, 9am – 4.30pm
An answerphone is available at all times for you to leave a message. A member of the PALS team will aim to return your call as soon as possible.
Please note that information sent to the Trust via email is sent at your own risk.
PALS North of Tyne
Freephone 0800 032 02 02
Monday to Friday, 9am – 4.30pm
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Review date 2024