The colorectal ward at Sunderland Royal Hospital assists with pre and post-op patients, that may have surgery for bowel cancer, benign colorectal diseases, inflammatory bowel disease, rectal prolapse and functional bowel disorders.

The colorectal service is ran from Ward C30 and currently has six full-time consultant colorectal surgeons, three colorectal nurse specialists and a Healthcare Assistant that work alongside our patients within the ward.

Colorectal/Stoma Care Nurse Specialists
The aim of our specialist nurses is to provide physical, psychological and spiritual support for both men and women who have bowel disease.  Using research-based practice and listening to patients we try to improve and move the service forward. Our role is:

  • To work closely with the colo-rectal team in the provision of care to patients with colo-rectal disease including:
  • To provide advice, information and support to patients and their families from diagnosis to review, at home and when on the ward.
  • To act as key workers and provide continuity for patients, their families and carers throughout their treatment journey.
  • To offer counselling/advice/teaching and support to any patients undergoing stoma formation, which includes community visits following discharge home.
  • Ensure time, confidentiality and privacy to discuss issues such as body image and sexuality.
  • To co-ordinate the input of other healthcare professionals.
  • To provide or direct information, education, advice and support for patients, families and staff.

Contact us

Ward C30 – 01915699730

Colorectal nurses - 01915656256 ext 47221

Finding us

The colorectal ward is located on C-level in Sunderland Royal Hospital Ward C30. Our colorectal specialists are located in out-patients.

Our team

Divisional Manager-Rebecca Dempster

Matron- Denise Simpson

Ward Manager- Michael Old

Band 6 (sister)- Michaelle Macdonald and Laura Green