Sunderland eye infirmary_3.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 Car

There is a patient and visitor car park at Sunderland Eye Infirmary. You can enter the car park from Queen Alexander Road. The overflow car park is behind the main hospital building.

By Bus

Sunderland Eye Infirmary is accessible 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 Train

If you are travelling by train to Sunderland Eye Infirmary, Sunderland station is approximately ten minutes away from the hospital by road. 

Visit the NEXUS website. Here you will find a live travel map, timetables and a ticket finder.

By Bike

Cycle Racks are located at the rear of Sunderland Eye Infirmary. They are available for use by patients and visitors.

For more information on public transport and concessionary travel please 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

How to pay

Sunderland Eye Infirmary operates a pay on exit car-parking system. The ‘pay on exit’ machines are near to the Sunderland Eye Infirmary main hospital entrance. The machines accept cash and card. Type in your car registration number and follow the payment instructions. If you are a regular visitor you may wish to buy a discounted monthly permit.

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:

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

Parking Eye

Car parking is monitored using the ParkingEye system. It uses 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 Charge Notice (PCN)

A parking charge notice will be issued to motorists who are in breach of our car park terms and conditions. This includes:

  • Parking in an unauthorised parking bay.
  • Non-payment on departure or if you do not pay the correct tariff.
  • Not having the correct permit.

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

We appreciate our car parks can be very busy, especially at peak times. If you feel that you have received an unfair parking charge, you can appeal direct to Parking Eye. You will need the details on your parking charge notice.

Emergency phoneline for Sunderland Eye Infirmary patients

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. 

Thank you for your co-operation.