Our critical care units look after patients who are seriously unwell, providing high dependency or intensive care depending on the needs of the patient.  We have a 6 bed Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in South Tyneside Hospital and a 16 bed Integrated Critical Care Unit (ICCU) in Sunderland Royal Hospital.

Once a patient is admitted to one of our critical care units they are cared for by a team who are specially trained to look after critically ill patients. We work with a dedicated and highly skilled team of professionals including doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, dieticians and pharmacists.

Rehabilitation after Critical Illness

Some patients need extra help with their recovery after being discharged from a critical care unit. Our ‘RaCI’ (Rehabilitation after Critical Illness) team start working with patients even before they are discharged from the critical care unit to ensure  their recovery is as straightforward as possible.


Research is an important part of our work, and we usually have a number of studies going on. If your family member is eligible to take part in a study but is too unwell to understand the details, we will ask for your permission for them to take part.

Critical Care Outreach Service

The Critical Care Outreach Team are our ‘eyes and ears’ around the hospital. They help to look after patients who are unwell but can be cared for on a normal ward, help to identify patients who are becoming more unwell, and make sure patients recently discharged from a critical care unit are safe to be looked after in a normal ward environment.


The critical care team are very involved in the education of health professionals.  We train medical and nursing students, doctors from around the hospital, pharmacists, physiotherapists and dietitians.  Our Critical Care Outreach Team organise and teach on numerous courses related to the care of the critically ill.

All of our students and professionals in training work under the supervision of experienced members of the critical care team.

Contact us

  • Sunderland Royal Hospital: 0191 541 0238
  • South Tyneside District Hospital: 0191 404 1030

Finding us

Our intensive care services can be found at both South Tyneside District Hospital and Sunderland Royal Hospital.

Our team

Divisional Director: Helen Turnbull

Associate Divisional Director: Caroline Bell

Clinical Director: Dr Martin Millar

Clinical Co-Director: Dr Peter Hersey

Directorate Manager: Sue Askew

ICCU Manager: Julie Sheriff