Self care tool

You can often self manage your condition.

Use our self care tool below to see how you can help yourself.

When you have done that if you still need further help you could try the TIMS Helpline.


TIMS Helpline

During these difficult times we are working to support musculoskeletal health by providing a helpline for patients and stakeholders.


You can contact the TIMS Helpline for advice, information and support on musculoskeletal pain if you are:

o   16 and older and registered with a Gateshead or Newcastle GP practice.

o   A clinical stakeholder working in primary or secondary care in Newcastle and Gateshead CCG.


The Helpline can provide you with:

o   Quick key information, advice and support on self-management

o   Referral advice to TIMs or other providers

o   Signposting to community and online resources


The helpline cannot provide you with:

o   Clinical assessment

o   Booking or managing TIMS appointments

o   Complaints management


The TIMS Helpline is open:

o   Tuesday 9:30am – 3:30pm

o   Wednesday 9:30am – 12.00pm

o   Thursday 9:30am – 3:30pm

Call 0191 4456319 to speak to one of our staff.

Self help