To help minimise the spread of COVID-19 we have made some changes to our services over the coming weeks. We will be restricting face to face and group appointment and instead will try and accommodate appointments via telephone. We will be in touch with patients in the next few days to discuss your treatment. Thank you for your co-operation and understanding at this time.

The various services within Clinical Health Psychology offer help and support to adult patients with psychological needs related to a physical health condition.

Living with a health condition or injury can impact on a person’s lifestyle, roles, relationships and result in difficult thoughts and feelings. The service can help people come to terms with and adjust to their health condition, help patients make decisions about their treatment or provide an assessment regarding suitability of treatment. The service can also help patients cope with the impact of their physical health condition, and assist in making changes that maintain and improve health.

The department consists of clinical and counselling psychologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and specialist nurses who are trained to support people in understanding the psychological impact of physical health problems, and can offer a wide range of interventions to promote wellbeing and improve quality of life.  The team can also offer consultation, supervision and specialist training to the physical health multi-disciplinary team.

Within the department we cover the following specialities:

Contact us

Clinical Health Psychology Services

Chester Lodge

Sunderland Royal Hospital

Kayll Road


Direct Line: 0191 5410058

Main hospital number:  0191 5656256 extension  40058

Opening hours

The department is open Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5pm

Finding us

We are based at Sunderland Royal Hospital on the 4th Floor of Chester Lodge.   Chester Lodge is most easily accessed by the Chester Road entrance and is located opposite Outpatients Entrance 5, across the car park.

Our team

Dr Sonia Wilson  - Acting Head of Service / Clinical Psychologist

Michelle Thornton – Secretary

Victoria Parker – Secretary

Charlotte Roberts – Secretary

Dean Tench - Receptionist


For information on how to be referred to Clinical Health Psychology Services, please see the individual pages for the specific psychology service you require.  If you have any queries about a referral please contact the department on 0191 5410058.