The Eye Infirmary provides a cataract treatment centre. It has a purpose-built twin theatre suite, providing day case surgery. It has an inpatient ward and a dedicated children’s ward.
The Eye Infirmary provides a seven-day ophthalmic accident and emergency (A&E) unit. This serves the whole of the North East. The A&E unit treats approximately 30,000 patients per year. Patients present with conditions ranging from minor irritations to major ocular trauma.
There is also an outpatient Ophthalmology service in neighbouring hospitals and community facilities. There are outpatient clinics at South Tyneside, Durham and Hartlepool.
Sunderland Eye Infirmary is located here:
Sunderland Eye Infirmary, Queen Alexandra Road, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR2 9HP
Main switchboard: 0191 565 6256
To help you plan your journey to hospital, visit the NEXUS website. Here you will find information on bus routes, a live travel map, timetables and a ticket finder.
There are patient and visitor car parking spaces at Sunderland Eye Infirmary. The car park is on entry from Queen Alexander Road. The overflow car park is behind the main hospital building.
The hospital is approximately ten minutes by road from Sunderland station.
Cycle Racks are located in front of the Outpatients B Main Entrance and are coloured orange.
For more information on public transport and concessionary travel visit Public Transport
Up to 20 minutes - Free
Up to 1 hour - £2.00
Up to 2 hours - £3.00
Up to 4 hours - £4.50
Up to 24 hours - £8.00
Weekly pass - £10.00
Car parking is free at Sunderland Eye Infirmary if you are a blue badge holder. You must register your details. You can do so by:
If you use more than one vehicle, please register each one.
We have a new ‘pay on exit’ system at Sunderland Eye Infirmary. This makes it easier for you to pay for your parking at the end of your visit. If you are a regular visitor you may wish to purchase a discounted monthly permit.
The new ‘pay on exit’ kiosks are near to the Sunderland Eye Infirmary main hospital entrance. There are several payment options including paying by card, coins, or contactless.
You will be asked to input your registration details.
Parking Eye uses number plate technology to capture number plates of all vehicles entering and exiting Trust sites.
The following information is recorded:
Parking charges will be issued to motorists who are in breach of the terms and conditions, such as parking inappropriately or non-payment.
You may be issued with a PCN if you:
There is a facility to pay your parking fees on exit from the car park.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing rules, patients who have an urgent eye problem and need to attend the Emergency Eye Department at Sunderland Eye Infirmary should now call a new 24/7 emergency number - 0191 5699952 - before arriving at the hospital.
Patients calling the new 24/7 emergency number at Sunderland Eye Infirmary will speak to a specialist who will carry out a telephone consultation and, if necessary, arrange for patients to be seen face-to-face.
This is for the protection of our patients and staff will avoid large numbers of people in our waiting room and reduce the amount of time patients need to spend in the Emergency Eye Department.
Any emergency patients attending Sunderland Eye Infirmary will be asked to call the new 24/7 emergency number on arrival. This is a temporary measure during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thank you for your co-operation.