SunderlandEyeInfirmary5_720x405.jpgSunderland Eye Infirmary provides an Ophthalmology Service for people living in Tyne and Wear and Durham. It provides treatment in accident and emergency (A&E). Outpatient Services and Surgical Services.

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:

Directions and Transport


Sunderland Eye Infirmary, Queen Alexandra Road, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR2 9HP
Main switchboard: 0191 565 6256

Getting here

By Bus

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.

By Car

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.

By Train

The hospital is approximately ten minutes by road from Sunderland station. 

By Bike

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

Car Parking

There are parking charges at Sunderland Eye Infirmary

Parking charges

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

Blue Badge Holders

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:

  • Completing the online blue badge registration form
  • Using one of the dedicated telephone facilities after parking. They are situated in the main hospital entrance.

If you use more than one vehicle, please register each one.

Blue Badge holder registration form

How to pay

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

Parking Eye uses number plate technology to capture number plates of all vehicles entering and exiting Trust sites.

The following information is recorded:

  • Time of vehicle entering and exiting Trust site.
  • Any payment made using the pay machines or Pay by Phone service.
  • Photo of vehicle entering Trust site.

Parking charges will be issued to motorists who are in breach of the terms and conditions, such as parking inappropriately or non-payment.

Parking Charge Notice (PCN)

You may be issued with a PCN if you:

  • Park in an unauthorised parking bay.
  • Do not pay the correct tariff or permit.

There is a facility to pay your parking fees on exit from the car park.

New emergency phoneline for Sunderland Eye Infirmary patients

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.