Physical Treatment Centre – Hadrian Clinic – Information Leaflet

Information about the Physical Treatment Centre at Hadrian Clinic. It includes details and a timetable of the services offered, who the clinic is for and how to be referred.

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  • Introduction

    This leaflet provides you with information that you will find useful whilst attending the Physical Treatment Centre. If you are not sure about anything in this leaflet please ask a member of staff.

  • What is the Physical Treatment Centre?

    The Physical Treatment Centre is located on the top (2nd) floor of the Hadrian Clinic (opposite Lamesley Ward), Campus for Ageing and Vitality.

    The services provided are:

    • Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS)
    • Electro Convulsive Therapy (ECT)
    • Phlebotomy and ECG
  • Why do I need to attend the Physical Treatment Centre?

    The services provided by the Physical Treatment Centre support your overall treatment plans.

  • Arriving at the Physical Treatment Centre

    When you arrive in the Physical Treatment Centre you will meet one of our mental health nurses, who works within the department consisting of a Team Manager, Clinical Nurse Lead, staff nurses and an assistant nurse practitioner. They will explain what will happen when you attend our services.

    • Please note that referral to any of our clinics needs to be made through your care co-ordinator, named nurse, or your doctor.
    • The centre staff liaise closely with doctors and nurses on the wards as well as pharmacy staff, your care co-ordinator, and others that you may have contact with in the community.
    • The Physical Treatment Centre provides services for both out-patients and some in-patients.
    • Staff at the Physical Treatment Centre will be happy to provide information to you and/or your carer about any treatment or therapy that may be recommended for you.
    • Please ask your care co-ordinator, named nurse or doctor about this and one of our staff could visit you on the ward, or a visit to our department could be arranged, as appropriate.
  • How long will I be here?

    People usually attend appointments in the Physical Treatment Centre for approximately 15 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes depending on which service you are receiving.

  • What sort of things happen at the Physical Treatment Centre?


    • ECT (Hadrian Clinic) 9am-1pm
    • rTMS 1pm-4pm


    • Phlebotomy and ECG clinic (Lamesley, Fellside, Lowry, Akenside, Castleside wards) 9am-3.30pm
    • Phlebotomy and ECG clinic (Willow view) 9am-12 noon
      rTMS 9am-4.30pm


    • Phlebotomy and ECG clinic (Lamesley, Fellside, Lowry, Akenside, Castleside wards) 9am-3.30pm
    • rTMS 9am-4.30pm


    • ECT (Hadrian Clinic) 9am-1pm
    • rTMS 1am-4pm


    • Phlebotomy and ECG clinic (Lamesley, Fellside, Lowry, Akenside, Castleside wards) 9am-3.30pm
    • rTMS 9am-4.30pm
  • Services provided are:

    Electro Convulsive Therapy
    Electro Convulsive Therapy (ECT) is mainly used to treat major depressive symptoms where other treatments have been unsuccessful or the symptoms are so severe that a rapid response is required. It involves passing a controlled dose of electricity across the brain to induce an epileptiform seizure.

    The treatment is given under a short-acting general anaesthetic, using a muscle relaxant to modify the seizure. Because of the need for anaesthetic equipment and staff, the treatment can only be given at the ECT suite located at the Physical Treatment Centre or, in certain cases, Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary.

    Repetitive Transcranial Repetitive Stimulation (rTMS)
    rTMS is a treatment for depression and anxiety which is usually recommended for people who haven’t responded to other treatments like antidepressant medication or for those who do not wish to take this type of medication. rTMS is a non-invasive method of brain stimulation which relies on electromagnetic induction using an insulated coil placed over the scalp which targets an area of the brain thought to play a role in mood regulation. The coil generates brief magnetic pulses, which pass through the skull and into the brain. The procedure does not need to be done under anaesthetic and patients can leave hospital the same day, drive or return to work after having treatment.
    rTMS is administered by an experienced technician following a treatment protocol prescribed by a doctor specialising in this service. A usual treatment course consists of 20 treatments delivered over a 2 week period. Each treatment lasts approximately 15 to 45 minutes depending on the type of rTMS prescribed.

    Phlebotomy and Electrocardiogram (ECG)
    The physical Treatment Centre provide phlebotomy and ECG services to several inpatient wards within CNTW Trust. Phlebotomy involves obtaining an intravenous blood sample which is sent for analysis at local laboratories. Blood tests are usually requested by doctors to help diagnose illnesses, aid treatment planning and monitor health. ECG is a test that can be used to check your heart’s rhythm and electrical activity. Sensors attached to the skin are used to detect the electrical signals produced by your heart each time it beats.

  • Interpreters

    Staff can arrange an interpreter if you need one.

  • Travel information

    Contact Traveline: Tel: 0871 200 22 33


  • What if I have a comment, suggestion, compliment or complaint about the service?

    If you want to make a comment, suggestion, compliment or complaint you can:

    We are always looking at ways to improve services. Your feedback allows us to monitor the quality of our services and act upon issues that you bring to our attention. You can provide feedback in the following ways:

    • the quickest way for you to do this is to complete our short online survey at
    • complete a Your Voice survey, available on wards, reception areas or from staff
    • other options for sharing your feedback and experience

    Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)
    PALS provide confidential advice and support, helping you to sort out any concerns that you may have about any aspect of your or your loved ones care.

    We act independently when handling patient and family concerns, liaising with staff, managers and, where appropriate, relevant organisations, to negotiate prompt solutions. If necessary, we can also refer patients and families to specific local or national-based support agencies.

    North of Tyne
    Tel: 0800 032 0202
    Email: [email protected]

    South of Tyne
    Tel: 0800 328 4397
    Text: 07825 061 035
    Email: [email protected]
    Post: Patient Advice and Liaison Service, Garden Lodge, Hopewood Park, Ryhope, Sunderland, SR2 0NB

    9am – 4.30 pm, Monday to Friday
    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.

  • Other useful numbers

    National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence 0300 323 0140

    Pharmacy Medicines Information Line 0191 245 6604
    (Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust)

  • Contact details

    Physical Treatment Centre
    Hadrian Clinic
    Centre for Ageing and Vitality
    Westgate Road
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE4 6BE
    Clinic opening times: Mon and Thurs 8am – 4pm Tues, Wed and Fri 8.30am-4:30pm
    Admin staff Mon to Fri 9am-5pm
    You can contact us on the following telephone numbers:
    Hadrian Clinic Reception 0191 246 8600
    Admin Staff 0191 246 8775

  • Bank holidays

    Electro Convulsive Therapy sessions are moved to Tuesday following a Bank Holiday Monday.

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    Ref, PIC/341/0724 July 2024 V7 Tel: 0191 246 7288
    Review date 2027