The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals

NHS Foundation Trust

Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust employs around 13,500 staff and operates on two major hospital sites – the Freeman Hospital and the Royal Victoria Infirmary. As well as delivering community health services to the city’s 273,000 residents we provide of range of highly specialised services both regionally and internationally.

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Newcastle Hospitals' Hospital Sites

1. All based in Newcastle:

– Royal Victoria Infirmary  – Freeman Hospital

– Campus for Ageing & Vitality

– Centre for Life

Our patients rated the ‘overall experience’ at Newcastle Hospitals as the best in the North East.

Welcome to Newcastle Hospitals

We are recognised nationally as a centre of healthcare excellence, with patients coming from all over the country, from every walk of life, and with a wide range of illnesses and conditions. In fact, more than 30% of our patients come from outside Tyne and Wear, to take advantage of the quality of our care and of our expertise.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has rated us as outstanding.

We are a designated trauma centre and provide specialist services from our state-of-the-art Northern Cancer Centre and Great North Children’s Hospital. We are renowned for our pioneering  expertise in transplant surgery – performing the first successful heart transplant for a child at our Freeman Hospital in 1987. In addition we are one of Europe’s leading lung transplant centres.

Anyone choosing us for their medical training will be offered outstanding and varied opportunities throughout their career and the chance to live and enjoy a fabulous and vibrant city which has easy access to stunning landscapes and coasts. 

We are a teaching hospital and are closely associated with Newcastle University Medical School – acknowledged nationally for its research and development profile and capability which continues to challenge and inform patient treatment and care.

A number of our directorates are designated ‘academic clinical directorates’ which build on our track record for leading-edge clinical research and development and supports our academic and teaching portfolio.

Our inpatient clinical services are based on two major hospital sites – the Royal Victoria Infirmary and the Freeman Hospital.

  • ​The Royal Victoria Infirmary site is the acute admitting site with the Great North Trauma and Emergency Centre together with acute medical services, including one of the UK’s largest maternity units and the Great North Children’s Hospital.
  • ​​The Freeman site is of a more elective nature with surgical services, cardiothoracic services, transplantation, and the Northern Centre for Cancer Care.

​​We also have various sites throughout the city which include:

  • Working in partnership, Newcastle Hospitals and Newcastle University have created the UK’s very first Campus for Ageing and Vitality. Our vision is for Newcastle’s west end to become nationally and internationally-renowned as a leader in ageing and health.
  • At the International Centre for Life we provide specialist genetic services for the whole of the northern region and the Newcastle Fertility Centre.
  • At Newcastle’s Dental Hospital we provide specialist dental service for the northern region.

As a leading centre for research and clinical trials the Trust provides some of the best drug and surgical treatments for patients locally and regionally.

Medical training with Newcastle Hospitals

We have 72 specialty training programmes and 73 foundation programme rotations provided within the Trust with around 500 experienced supervisors to support and guide you during your training with us. We have an active medical education team available to provide a wide range of advice and support.


State-of-the-art training facilities


We offer a range of innovative educational opportunities including junior doctor leadership and introduction to medical education programmes as well as state-of-the-art facilities from our unique Newcastle Surgical Training Centre. 


Opportunities in leading-edge research


We are a leaders in healthcare research and development across a wide range of areas delivering benefits not only for today’s patients but for generations to come. We work in partnership with Newcastle University in key areas which are important to all out futures including stem cell research, genetics and ageing and vitality. 

We are the country’s best performing NHS trust for volume of clinical research for the seventh year running. In 2018, we topped the national league tables for the number of health research studies, with a total of 550 studies.The Research Activity League Table, which is published by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) also showed that 16,884 of our patients helped to shape the NHS of tomorrow by taking part in clinical research, a rise of 34 per cent since the previous year. Our organisation also reported the country’s biggest increase in research activity involving commercial studies, up by 22 per cent, reflecting the city’s reputation as a global hub for the fast-growing life sciences sector.

What our trainees say:

Georgina Clarke

“I chose to train in Newcastle because it is a great city and a few of my friends came here for foundation year and absolutely loved it. Everyone is really supportive, wants the best from you and wants you to do well.”

Ravi Mistry

“The deanery and hospitals here are really keen to take into account trainees experiences, they frequently ask us for feedback and they actually do respond to it, which does make a change, it feels like your voice is being heard.”