Joseph Cowen Health Centre

8 Wilfred Street, Byker, NE6 1JQ


(0191) 228 4929

Tyne took over the ownership and management of The Joseph Cowen Health Centre in 1996, it’s run in partnership with Newcastle Gateshead CCG and Newcastle City Council.

The Centre exists to ensure people who are experiencing homelessness, or are not registered with a GP, can have access to primary healthcare and support services. We believe that everyone, no matter what their circumstances, deserve the right to access quality healthcare. We are committed to developing new services and partnerships based on the needs of those we support to ensure everyone has a chance to get to a better place. We are currently working with service users and key partners to review our service offer.

Today, the Joseph Cowen Health Centre provides a drop-in facility where visitors are able to access a variety of health and wellbeing services. The Centre offers a twice weekly GP service, a weekly Sexual Health Clinic which is run by Newcroft Centre staff, a harm reduction support service that includes Newcastle Treatment and Recovery (NTaR) advice and support drop in sessions twice weekly, and a needle exchange service five days a week. The centre also offers a safe space for homeless people who are engaging with health, housing and other services.

575 individuals

visited the centre 5,495 times during 2018/19.

The most common reason people visit the centre are struggles with drug or alcohol abuse and mental health issues.

Every £1

invested into the Joseph Cowen Centre creates £11.28 in social value.

Download our latest impact report to read more about the impact the Joseph Cowen Centre makes to those who are most vulnerable.