We provide a range of services for new and review patients who have been diagnosed with cancer.
This includes chemotherapy, radiotherapy and haematology services as well as support and advice before, during and after your treatment.
The Oncology Service provides a number of clinics for new and review patients referred for non-surgical cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy and other newly established treatments.
Sunderland Royal Hospital is recognised as a Cancer Unit and is part of the North of England Cancer Network. The Phoenix Unit is our Chemotherapy, Haematology and Infusion Day Unit, and is a hub for a range of settings for the provision of chemotherapy service - hospital, home and outreach - depending on a patient's preference and treatment type.
Oncologists from the Northern Cancer Centre for Treatment (NCCT) undertake clinics in Sunderland and manage a range of treatments across tumour types, including urology, colorectal, breast, lung, upper gastrointestinal, head and neck and gynaecological cancers. Multidisciplinary meetings to discuss and monitor patient progress are also held at the Sunderland site.
Outpatient clinics are held in Sunderland Royal Hospital Chester Wing outpatients, with a qualified nurse who is part of the Chemotherapy and Haematology Day Unit team, supporting these clinics.
The home chemotherapy service allows you to have you treatment in the comfort of your own home and also provides you with a choice of where it is most convenient and suitable to receive your therapy.
The Outreach Service is provided from Washington Primary Care Centre and inpatient chemotherapy is delivered to haematology patients only at Sunderland Royal Hospital.
Services operate mainly from Sunderland Royal Hospital's Phoenix Unit, D Level. The Phoenix Unit is open Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 7pm and Saturday between 8.30am and 2.30pm.
Divisional General Manager Angela Wadmore
Directorate Manager Rob Parnaby
Clinical Director Dr Scott Marshall
Nurse Consultant Oncology Melanie Robertson
Phoenix Unit Manager Jill Bell
Our Oncology and Haematology Day Unit is a nurse led service delivering treatments and interventions to patients with a cancer diagnosis and disorders of the blood (haematology).
This includes a range of chemotherapy treatments as well as other supportive therapies e.g. blood tests, blood transfusion, pre-treatment assessment, infusions to help with bone pain.
The nursing staff work closely with your consultant oncologist / haematologist and cancer nurse specialist and are co-located with the outpatient clinics in the hospital.
The service operates from 8.30-5pm Monday-Friday
South Tyneside District General Hospital
The day unit can be contacted on (0191) 4041053
Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialists (South Tyneside)
The Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialists act as a key worker in providing advice and support from pre diagnosis i.e. test and scans etc. through treatment and supportive care.
There are a range of specialist nurses covering different cancer sites including
- Upper Gastro intestinal - (stomach, oesophagus, pancreas)
- Acute oncology (looking after you with any problems relating to cancer treatment)
The Clinical Nurse Specialists work from:
South Tyneside District General Hospital
The Team can be contacted via the switchboard on 0191 4041000
Cancer of Unknown Primary (CUP)
The Cancer of Unknown Primary (CUP) service at South Tyneside offers support to inpatient teams caring for patients with a new cancer diagnosis where there is no obvious primary cancer diagnosis.
The CUP Multi-Disciplinary Team have meetings once per week to discuss cases which meet the CUP pathway criteria, in order to offer guidance for ongoing investigations, management and care. It may be appropriate for patients to then be referred to another cancer site specific team, have community support or ongoing input from the CUP team, depending on the outcomes of further investigations.
Referrals via the ICE system
For advice: Jenn Blake (Acute Oncology and CUP Clnical Nurse Specialist)
Ext: 2107 Bleep: 108 Email: Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org
The CUP service does not have an outpatient service at present, however inpatient referrals will be accepted to review patients on inpatient wards at South Tyneside District Hospital.
Specialist Palliative Care Consultant and CUP lead: Dr Porteous
Acute Oncology and CUP Clinical Nurse Specialist: Jenn Blake
Matron: Naomi Kelly