Helpful hints and tips


To help you make the most of the features on this website, we have created the following guide which includes helpful information about everything from breadcrumbs to search bars, and everything in between. We hope you find it useful.

How do I…

…make the text bigger

You can choose one of three text sizes on this site - standard, medium and large. Choose the text size you require by clicking on one of the three ‘A’ characters at the top right-hand side of every page. Once selected, the text will automatically be resized throughout the entire website.

…find my way around the site

The website has six main sections – home; hospitals and wards; services and treatments; patient and visitor guides; about us; and news. You can find your way around the site by selecting the relevant section, which will be highlighted blue to let you know where you are.

The menu on the left-hand side of a page will change depending on the section you are in. It will also be selected in a darker shade of blue to highlight where you are.

Wherever you are on the site, you can click on the Newcastle Hospitals logo at the top right of every page to get back to the home page.

The breadcrumb is located below the main section titles at the top of the page and its purpose is to help you track your location within the site. The term is taken from the trail of breadcrumbs left by Hansel and Gretel in the popular fairytale.

… search for something

If you can't find what you're looking for, try using the ‘search’ box at the top right-hand side of the page. Simply type in what you are searching for, click the ‘search’ button to the right of the box. This will take you to a search results page which will list all of the Web pages or documents which match your specific search phrase.

For the best results, try using the following search tips:

  • Check your spelling - Make sure your search terms are spelled correctly. 
  • Use multiple words - Using multiple words will return more refined results than a single word. For example, typing ‘diabetic clinic’ will return more relevant results than typing just ‘diabetic’. 
  • Use similar words - The more similar words you use in a search, the more relevant your results will be.

…view an organised list of content

We have created a sitemap which contains an organised list of pages within the website and can be used to access specific information at a glance. The sitemap can be found by clicking the ‘sitemap’ link at the top of every page.

…view PDF documents

Some of the documents we use on our website are PDFs. The term PDF stands for ‘portable document format’. We use PDFs because they look exactly the same whatever computer you use to view them on, plus they are really easy to save and print.

To view these files, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader software on your computer. If your computer does not have this installed, it can be downloaded free of charge from the Adobe website.

… print pages

All of our pages have been optimised so they will print nicely on A4 paper without the right-hand side being cut off (which we know can be very annoying). Any heavy colours or background images won’t be print, so the pages are more readable and you save your valuable ink.

To print a page, click on the printer icon at the top right-hand side of the page and select ‘print’. 

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