South Tyneside and Sunderland Foundation Trust is one of three tertiary centres for vascular services in the North East.  The service consists of 8 Consultant Surgeons and 4 Specialist Vascular Nurses supported by a wide team of junior doctors, nursing and administrative staff, with input from many other services such as Occupational Therapy, Podiatry and Physiotherapy. 

The team also works closely with the Radiology Department to offer non-invasive treatments for Vascular patients, working with specialist interventional Radiologists.

Our comprehensive vascular and endovascular service is offered to Sunderland, South Tyneside, Durham and Bishop Auckland patients, including open and endovascular intervention for aortic aneurysms and peripheral vascular disease.  We also offer carotid surgery where appropriate for stroke prevention, renal access procedures and various ambulatory endo-venous treatments for varicose veins.   

All major operations and in-patient procedures take place at Sunderland as the ‘hub’ site, with outpatient clinics at Sunderland and other ‘spoke’ sites including South Tyneside, Bishop Auckland and University of North Durham Hospitals.  Our dedicated vascular ward (C36) at Sunderland Royal Hospital has capacity for 24 inpatients.  Day-case procedures are also undertaken from Durham Treatment Centre to provide services close to home for patients in the Durham locality. 

Contact us

You can contact the below members of our Vascular team on extension:

  • Lorraine Nelson        Divisional Director                       42598         
  • Rebecca Dempster   Directorate Manager                   42970         
  • Andrew Brown          Director/ Vascular Surgeon         27261         
  • Denise Simpson       Matron                                         40001        
  • Jan Willis                  Ward Manager C36                     49736
  • Luisa Ma Calangi     Deputy Ward Manager C36         49736
  • Joanne Donkin         Deputy Ward Manager C36         49736
  • Lyndsey Harmer       Directorate Manager Support      41961

Finding us

The Vascular ward is C36, based on C-Level.  You can access this by entering the Outpatients Department and going straight ahead, passing the WRVS shop and entering the main hospital corridor.  You will pass a sign for C-Level Theatres on your right; continue straight ahead and you will see a sign for ward C36, which is situated on the right-hand side before you reach the end of the corridor.

Our Surgical activity takes place either in the theatres based on C-Level, or alternatively day case procedures are undertaken in the Durham Treatment Centre based in Belmont.


Our team

Divisional Director - Sheena Fish
Associate Divisional Director - Caroline Bell
Clinical Director - Philip Davey
Directorate Manager - Jackie Jardine
Directorate Manager Support - Lisa Sando
Matron - Sam Scott
Clinical Governance Lead/Consultant Surgeon - Mr Paul Dunlop
Admin Manager - Lisa Higgins


  • Mr Andrew Brown
  • Mr Ben Banerjee
  • Mr Phil Davey
  • Mr Paul Dunlop
  • Mr Klaus Overbeck
  • Mr Sala Tenna
  • Mr Gareth Tervit
  • Mr Shanmu Vetrivel
  • Mr Haytham Hamid
  • Daniel Perren


  • Judith Middlemiss
  • Joanne Hall
  • Marie Webzell
  • Emily Hodgson

Vascular Nurse Specialists

  • Sister Florrie Mowatt
  • Sister Gemma Davison


Ward C36 Vascular Ward

Ward Manager - Sister Jan Willis
Deputy Ward Manager - Kelly Thompson