Our Anaesthetics department provides invaluable clinical support to the surgical specialities.

Patients undergo various forms of anaesthesia that keeps them comfortable and safe during surgery. Your anaesthetist will also ensure that your pain relief continues after the surgery, even when you have left the theatre area.

Before undergoing planned surgery, you will be required to attend the PREP clinic, for Preoperative Risk Evaluation and Preparation. This is a nurse-led service with clinical advice provided by anaesthetic consultants.

As well as working in the operating theatres, our Anaesthetic teams also:

  • Look after our critically ill patients in both our Critical Care Units at Sunderland and South Tyneside
  • Provide outreach service to at-risk patients in the wards
  • Offer 24 hours cover for the maternity unit for women requiring pain relief with epidural during labour or requiring caesarean section
  • Provide Hickman’s line service for patients requiring chemotherapy or artificial feeding for nutritional support
  • Help with pain management for admitted patients. For those in chronic pain, outpatient clinics are situated around the region to bring patient care closer to their homes in the community.

Contact us

South Tyneside District Hospital

  • The Anaesthetic department can be contacted via the secretaries’ office on: 0191 202 4046

Sunderland Royal Hospital

  • The Anaesthetics department can be contacted at: 0191 5656256 extensions 42446/ 52097
  • The Pain Service department can be contacted at: 0191 5656256 extensions 42341/ 49628/ 42977/ 42988

Finding us

South Tyneside District Hospital

Harton Lane, South Shields NE34 0PL. The Anaesthetic department and the Intensive Care Unit are located on the ground floor of the main hospital building.

Outpatient clinic for preoperative assessment is on the 3rd floor of the main hospital building.

Outpatient clinic for Rehabilitation after Critical Illness (RaCI) is in the Outpatient department.

Sunderland Royal Hospital

Kayll Road, Sunderland SR4 7TP

ICCU is located on the C-level of the main building (the Kayll Road Block) and has restricted access.

Outpatient pain clinics are located at Washington Galleries Health Centre, Cleadon Park Health Centre, Chester Lodge and the Chester Wing of the Sunderland Royal Hospital.

Our team

  • Divisional Director - Helen Turnbull
  • Associate Divisional Director - Caroline Bell
  • Directorate Manager - Susan Askew 
  • Clinical Director - Dr Martin Millar 
  • Clinical Co-Director - Stephen Robb
  • Clinical Governance Lead - Dr Mohammed Dessoky
  • Divisional Director Support - Gayle Jackson