Our diabetes team aim to provide a multidisciplinary and innovative approach to cater to the needs of the population with diabetes in South Tyneside and Sunderland.

This involves specialist general diabetes services and more specialised services for patients with renal disease, foot care, retinal disease, those planning a pregnancy and those who are pregnant. We also have an expanding insulin pump service with 24 hours on call service and metabolic clinics for our patients with more complex needs and unstable diabetes. We are also proud to have a service for young people between the ages of 16 to 25 years and our team link in with the paediatric diabetes team for transition and handover of patients at the age of 16 years.

Contact Us

South Tyneside District Hospital

Diabetes Specialist Nurses STDH: 0191 202 2161
Ward 5: 0191 404 1005

Sunderland Royal Hospital

Metabolic Medicine Reception: 0191 565 6256 extension 40180
Diabetic Specialist Nurses: 0191 565 6256 extension 49606
Dr Carey Secretary: 0191 565 6256 extension 47449
Dr Joshi Secretary: 0191 565 6256 extension 42160
Dr Nayar Secretary: 0191 565 6256 extension 42180


Grindon Lane PCC

Diabetes Specialist Nurses: 0191 525 2390

Finding Us

Clinics are provided at:

  • South Tyneside District Hospital
  • Sunderland Royal Hospital
  • Grindon Lane Primary Care Centre

There are education sessions available for those with type 1 and 2 diabetes.

‘DESMOND’ is available in South Tyneside and Sunderland and provided at a variety of locations or online for those newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. The sessions are provided at:

  • Flagg Court Primary Care Centre
  • The Glenn Primary Care Centre
  • Grindon Lane Primary Care Centre
  • Washington Primary Care Centre
  • Houghton Primary Care Centre
  • Bunnyhill Primary Care Centre
  • Riverview Health Centre
  • Pallion Health Centre

'T1DES' is a group education programme for people with type 1 diabetes on a basal bolus insulin regimen.

You can find us at Sunderland Royal Hospital here:
Department of Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolic Medicine
Entrance 10, Sunderland Royal Hospital
Kayll Road

Or at South Tyneside District Hospital here:
Ward 17, South Tyneside District Hospital, Harton Lane, South Shields, NE34 0PL

Our Team

South Tyneside District Hospital

Consultant: Dr Al-Sharefi, Dr De-Alwis, Dr Javaid
Matron: Michael Irving
Ward Manager: Viv Cockburn
Deputy Ward Managers: Janice Duffy and Amy Roche
Diabetes Specialist Nurses: Kay Brown, Catherine Charlton, Sam Lambert, Anne Marie Foster, Lyn McCluskey
Dietitian: Roseanne Raine

Sunderland Royal Hospital

Consultant: Dr Nayar, Dr Carey, Dr Joshi, DR Bishop, Dr Artham – Locum 
Diabetes Specilaist Nurses: Melissa Robinson, Michelle Faith, Julie Anne Coates, Jackie Todd, Karen Johnson, Shiji Joy, Macharissa Delgado, Jessica Cambay 
Dietitian: Cara Lovell, Claire Lee

Grindon Lane PCC

Diabetes Specialist Nurse: Vikkie Abbott

Diabetes Specialist Nurses - South Tyneside

Diabetes Specialist Nurses (DSN) are qualified nurses with special expertise and training in the care and treatment of people with diabetes. In South Tyneside, our DSNs deliver a broad range of services from specialist nurse-led inpatient and nurse led outpatient clinics and specialist clinics which includes: 

  • young person’s clinic
  • transition clinics
  • pre-pregnancy clinic
  • ante-natal clinic
  • foot clinic
  • metabolic clinic
  • specialist clinic which includes patients who want to carbohydrate count, onset of complications and weight management

Diabetic Eye Screening Service

Our Diabetic Eye Screening Service screen the eyes of patients who have diabetes and live in the Sunderland and South Tyneside areas.  Diabetic Retinopathy is a condition whereby blood vessels at the back of the eye can become weakened and then leak which can potentially cause serious visual problems if left undetected.

The Programme screens the eyes of patients by capturing high quality digital photographs which are then graded by specialist staff.  Those patients found to have complications at the back of the eye are referred into the local Hospital Eye Services for a more detailed assessment and possibly treatment.  If treatment is required it is delivered by laser which has been proven very effective in controlling eye disease provided it is applied very soon after diagnosis which is why annual screening is so important.  More recently the service has been expanded to also include a diabetic foot screening assessment for all patients.

Patients attending Sunderland clinics will also undergo a diabetic foot assessment, whilst in South Tyneside the screening programme has been extended to include additional tests such as Blood Pressure Blood/Urine Sampling and BMI measurements.

An open appointment system operates to offer as much choice and flexibility of appointment with clinics running across all sites Monday to Friday.  Some evening appointments are also offered for those who may find it difficult to attend during office hours.  It should be noted that patients are unable to drive to and from their appointments due to the use of dilating eye drops.

Contact Us:

0191 4192430

Finding Us:

Level 3 The Galleries Health Centre
Town Centre
NE38 7NQ

Our Team:

The Diabetic Eye Screening Programme Manager is Helen Bone, based at The Galleries Health Centre


Referral into the programme is via your GP. 

The contact details for the Programme are as follows:

Diabetic Eye Screening Programme

The Galleries Health Centre
Town Centre
NE38 7NQ

Telephone: 0191 419 2430  (Lines are open between 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm)

E-mail: diabeticscreening@stft.nhs.uk