We are a regional centre for bariatric surgery providing surgical weight management services to patients who are clinically obese.

There are various steps that you must undertake before qualifying for our services.

Firstly, you will need to attend a group session to find out about the service and options. This may be either in person or virtual . This is followed by a follow up appointment with one of our specialist nurses, who will discuss your personal medical history with you, and one of our dietitians who will discuss your eating patterns and lifestyle. At this point you will be encouraged to lose weight and may be given a target to achieve.

To help you improve your dietary intake and attain a healthy balanced diet, you will be required to attend an Education Programme led by Dietetic Support Workers. This programme will be run in group sessions with a maximum of 8 patients per group. There will be six group sessions in total each will last for a maximum of two hours. The sessions are held both virtual and face to face.​​​​​​​

These sessions will cover a variety of interesting and helpful topics that are fully aimed at supporting patients throughout their bariatric journey. On successful completion of this program, we will discuss your progress in an MDT and decide on a treatment plan.​​​​​​​

Throughout the process you will be supported by the bariatric specialist nurses and dietitians.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

For more information prior to being accepted for surgery, and the different types of surgery, please read the information leaflet below.

A bariatric guide to methods of losing weight

Contact Us

Sunderland Royal Hospital, Ward C32 - 0191 569 9732

Bariatric Specialist Nurses: 0191 565 6256 ext 42570/42709

Bariatric Dietitians: 0191 565 6256 ext 42832

Finding Us

Sunderland Royal Hospital
Our Bariatric services are carried out on our Gastrointestinal Unit, Ward C32, which has been adapted to accommodate bariatric patients. We care for patients who come to hospital for a range of surgical interventions or procedures and also deal with emergency patients, not just those patients undergoing bariatric surgery or interventions.

Our Team

Divisional Director: Sheena Fish

Directorate Manager: Petrina Smith

Clinical Director: Neil Jennings

Consultant Surgeons: Shlok Balupuri, Norbert Schroeder, Kamal Mahawar, Neil Jennings, William Carr, Michael Courtney, Aya Musbahi and Mahmoud Abuawwad

Matron: Jonathan Watters

Bariatric Specialist Nurses: Arun Sekhar and Lisa Wilde

Senior Specialist Bariatric Dietician: Maureen Boyle

Bariatric Pharmacist: Lindes Callejas-Diaz

Principal Clinical Psychologist: Sonia Wilson