We are a clinically-led specialist service for patients of all ages with a wide variety of complex wounds, skin problems and vascular problems. We provide specialist advice and care to patients, carers, health care staff and allied health professionals who care for patients with complex wound management needs and those at risk of developing wounds such as pressure damage and leg ulcers.

This service is provided to patients in their own home, hospital settings, care homes, General Practice surgeries and other clinic settings.

We support the organisation with developing and maintaining prevention and treatment strategies for pressure damage, leg ulceration and complex wounds in accordance with local and national policy. We also deliver an extensive education programme in the prevention and care of pressure ulcers, wound and leg ulcer management for nursing and allied health professional staff across hospital and community settings.

On appointment you will be given information about the best treatment for your wounds, including tips about what you can do to help your condition, including tips about what you can do to help your condition, and together with your healthcare professional we will develop a wound care/treatment plan.

Contact us

The Tissue Viability Service can be accessed via your GP, District or Practice Nurse, Podiatrist, Therapist or Hospital ward staff if you are an inpatient.

The team at Sunderland can be contacted on 0191 5656256 ext 41402.

The team at Clarendon can be contacted via the Single Point of Contact number on 0191 2831432.


Finding us

We are based across 2 sites, Level E, Chester Wing (Entrance 8), Sunderland Royal Hospital, Kayll Road, Sunderland, SR4 7TP and 1st floor Clarendon House, Windmill Way, Hebburn, South Tyneside, NE31 1AT.

Our team

We are a team of specialist nurses covering acute (hospital settings) and community settings across South Tyneside and Sunderland and consist of:

Tissue Viability Nurse Consultant - Ayesha Marshall

Tissue Viability Lead Nurse - Joanna Peart

Tissue Viability Senior Specialist Nurses - Karen Reay, Helen Myers

Tissue Viability Specialist Nurses - Debbie Houghton, Emma Openshaw, Angela Rivett, Angela Hanratty

Tissue Viability Staff Nurses - Tracy Finley, Nicola Thompson

Tissue Viability Support Practitioner - Alika Devlin

Tissue Viability Administrator - Lynda Jackson

Tissue Viability Equipment Coordinator - Jenni Garlick

Tissue Viability Project Assistant​​​​​​​ - Shelly McIvor