Road closure – A183 Chester Road – Sunday, 29 January 2017

25 January 2017

We have been advised that there will be road resurfacing works on Chester Road at St Gabriel’s Church from 8am to 6pm on Sunday, 29 January 2017.  Please find below information received from Nexus relating to bus services during this period.

During the closure, no buses will serve Chester Road between Springwell Road and Sunderland Royal Hospital and Service 8 will be unable to serve Wavendon Crescent/Cleveland Road.

Go North East Services 2/2A, 39, 78/78A will divert via Springwell Road, A690 Durham Road, Barnes Park Road and Ormonde Street to Sunderland Hospital in both directions.

Stagecoach Service 8 will operate via Hylton Road and Kayll Road to Sunderland Hospital in both directions. Service 16 will operate via Holborn Road, Hylton Road and Kayll Road. Service 8 and 16 buses will observe all stops along the diversion.



Former patients of Intensive Care Unit invited to support group meeting


ICUsteps is a support group for ex-ICU (Intensive Care Unit) patients, their families and friends.  Run by former intensive care patients, relatives and health professionals, ICUsteps was developed to provide on-going support after discharge for patients and relatives who have encountered critical illness.

This support is provided in the form of “drop-in meetings” where patients and relatives can come and talk to others who may be further down the recovery journey to share similar experiences.

Sharing experiences with others can help people understand that they’re not alone in what they feel and think, and that often what they’ve experienced is normal for someone who’s been through a period of critical illness.

Meeting others who’ve been through similar experiences and are at different stages in their recovery can help reassure patients and relatives that there is light at the end of the tunnel and dispel much of their worry.

Meetings are held in:  St Luke’s Church, Pallion, Sunderland – from 2pm until 4 pm on the following dates:

Tuesday 31st January 2017
Tuesday 28th March 2017
Tuesday 30th May 2017
Tuesday 25th July 2017
Tuesday 26th September 2017
Tuesday 28th November 2017

Drop in anytime between 2pm – 4pm on the above dates and have a chat, a cup of tea/coffee and take part in quizzes, raffles and bingo (with a twist)!



Do you have a long term health problem, social care needs or look after someone who does?

23 January 2017


We’d like to find out what you think about local health and social care services.

All Together Better is a new way of working in Sunderland that brings together health and social care staff along with a range of other organisations, including charities and carer support agencies.

All Together Better is for people in Sunderland with long-term health problems or disabilities who need a little extra care than most to prevent them going into hospital if they don’t need to be there, or to support them after they’ve been discharged from hospital.

If you use local health and social care services, or look after someone who does can you tell us about your experiences?

Please fill in our survey – online at

If you would prefer a printed copy of the survey please call 0191 217 2670 or email – you can send it back free of charge.

Closing date: 19 February, 2017


Keeping well over winter, how GP online services can help

23 January 2017

It’s important to look after yourself, especially over the winter months. The cold weather can be bad for your health, particularly in children, the elderly and for people with long-term health conditions such as diabetes or heart diseases. There are lots of things you can do to keep you and your family well this winter.

GP online services are available at surgeries across Sunderland to help people better manage their health this winter. These services enable patients to book GP appointments and request repeat prescriptions via their computer, smartphone or tablet at a time that suits them, anywhere, anytime – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Patients who require repeat prescriptions can request these from the comfort of their own home, rather than venturing out in the cold or wet weather to drop their request off at the surgery. You will also be able to review which medication you should be taking, the dosage and when it should be taken – helping to improve your understanding of your medication.

If you want to register for GP online services you will need to fill out a form at the surgery and show two forms of ID one of which should have a photo (such as a UK passport or driving licence) and the other should have your address (such as a council tax bill). If you don’t have photo ID or anything with your address on it, it doesn’t mean you will not be able to use online services, our practice staff may be able to help.

To register for GP online services, drop in and ask your GP practice, or to find out more visit the NHS Choices website at





Winter vomiting and influenza information for patients and visitors


Seasonal bugs such as Norovirus and flu are common over winter months and visitors coming to the hospital are asked to help minimise the spread of infection.


At this time there are no hospital-wide restrictions on visiting however there may be restrictions on some wards and we would ask you to look out for messages at the entrance to the ward.


In order to protect vulnerable patients who are already unwell, as well as their carers, our normal seasonal message applies to all hospital visitors:

  • Please follow the 48 hour rule – do not visit hospital if you, or the people you live with, have had diarrhoea, vomiting or flu-like symptoms in the last 48 hours.
  • Please wash your hands with soap and water on entering and leaving wards or departments.
  • No more than 2 visitors per patient.
  • Children under the age of 12 should not visit where at all possible.


If you are unsure whether to visit, please feel free to contact the ward nurse before you come into hospital.


Thank you for your support.  For more information on Norovirus or flu please visit the NHS Choices website.



Get running and make a difference: Sunderland Half Marathon and 10K

16 January 2017






If you have a place in the Sunderland Half Marathon or 10K, you can support Sunderland Royal Hospital or Sunderland Eye Infirmary by raising funds for City Hospitals Sunderland Charity.

To get involved email or create your fundraising page today at

Not got a place? The charity has some discounted places available. Take part in the Sunderland 10K for £20 or the Sunderland Half Marathon for £25 and fundraise for the department or service of your choice.

We ask that runners purchasing a place from us try to raise a minimum of £400 to maximise the benefit to the charity.

Support our hospital charity on the Sunderland Half Marathon and 10K






This year City Hospitals Sunderland Charity has been able to secure 10 places each on the Sunderland Half Marathon and Sunderland 10K.  Places are available for the discounted rate of £25 and entrants will be able to fundraise for the department of their choice through the charity’s JustGiving page. (We ask that runners try to raise a minimum of £400 to make the most of the opportunity).


Both City Hospitals Sunderland staff and patients are welcome to take part – the funds raised will do incredible things across the hospital – from new equipment to improving environments to making sure every patient in hospital on Christmas day receives a gift.

Interested? Contact to secure your place.

Emergency Department under severe pressure

10 January 2017



The Emergency Department at Sunderland Royal Hospital has experienced extremely high levels of attendances over the last week, which unfortunately has meant some patients waiting longer than we would like.

Every winter is a time of pressure for the NHS, both locally and nationally. Cold weather means more slips and trips, as well as coughs, colds and other viruses being passed around as we spend more time indoors.  This in turn can lead to an increase in respiratory illnesses and increased hospital admissions among people who are frail, elderly or have chronic and long-term conditions.

Our staff are working hard to ensure that seasonal pressures are well managed however to help us ensure those most in need of care are seen quickly, please only attend the Emergency Department or use the 999 service for serious and life-threatening emergencies which include:

  • a major accident
  • broken bones
  • breathing problems
  • severe chest pains
  • unconsciousness
  • suspected stroke
  • severe blood loss

If you’re unsure about which service to access and need medical advice call NHS 111. They can advise on alternative local NHS services available. If NHS 111 gives you advice, then please follow it – by doing this you’re helping the NHS make the best use of resources.  Alternatively, there are a number of Urgent Care Centres in Sunderland, Houghton and Washington.  For information on location and opening hours click here.

If you’re normally healthy and have a winter illness such as a cough or a cold, your local pharmacist is available for advice and can help you stock up on over the counter medication.

For more information about keeping well in winter, visit


Warning from region’s hospital bosses on misuse of A&E services

5 January 2017

Health bosses in the north east have issued a stark warning to members of the public who are misusing emergency NHS services, putting unnecessary pressure on hospitals and putting more seriously ill patients at risk.

Between 1 December and Christmas Day, over 53,000 people attended major A&E departments in hospitals across the north east* yet less than 30%, just over 15,000 people, actually needed admission to hospital for emergency treatment.

Emergency hospital teams are calling upon the public to stop misusing A&E services for minor ailments which are not serious or life threatening.  Examples over the festive season from right across the north east include people attending A&E with:

  • backache
  • toothache
  • broken finger nails
  • excessive alcohol consumption
  • coughs, colds and sore throats
  • sickness and diarrhoea.

Mr David Evans chairs one of the region’s A&E delivery boards and is chief executive of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.  On behalf of all NHS providers in the north east, he said: “Emergency departments right across the region are extremely busy and people must start taking accountability for their actions and the impact this has on the NHS.

“Our message is very simple, if it is not a serious or life threatening emergency then please do not waste the time of busy hospital teams or 999 services who are there to look after patients who are very sick and who do need immediate medical help.

“Many of the attendances the region’s hospitals are seeing are for common winter illnesses such as bad colds, viruses or stomach bugs which always circulate in the community at this time of year.  These are best looked after at home with over the counter medication, plenty of fluids, rest and recuperation – they certainly do not need a trip to A&E.”

The NHS always sees a rise in emergency admissions to hospital at this time of year, particularly amongst older people, who are much more susceptible to serious illness or injury during the cold winter months.  For every inappropriate A&E attendance – a broken finger nail, a sore throat or a stomach bug – the attention of hospital staff is pulled away from caring for those who really do need immediate and potentially lifesaving help.

Emergency 999 calls have also risen by a third in the last two weeks, putting enormous pressure on the North East Ambulance Service.  Chief operating officer, Paul Liversidge, said: “We are currently experiencing unprecedented demand and are prioritising our response to those whose life is most at risk. The public can help us reach those patients who need us most by only dialling 999 in the event of a serious emergency.  Patients without a potentially life threatening condition are likely to wait longer than usual for an ambulance response.”

Mr Evans added: “Every year the NHS makes the same plea to the public and every year we continue to see inappropriate A&E attendances rise.  For too long, A&E has become the default option for too many people and this simply has to change for the future of the NHS.

“Our emergency system is without doubt the best in the world but we need to keep it that way and keep 999 and emergency care free to do what the NHS does best.  This starts with people taking more accountability.  We are appealing to the public conscience today and for everyone to really think about how use services.”

The region’s NHS is reminding the public that your GP should always be the first port of call for most medical problems unless it is a serious or life threatening emergency.  If in doubt, the free NHS 111 number is available 24/7 for expert medical advice.

Healthcare leaders in the north east are also backing the national Stay Well This Winter campaign which encourages people to look after themselves well


Stay Well This Winter

winter-readyGenerally we feel unwell during winter time as we spend more time indoors and coughs and colds are passed around our family, friends and colleagues at work.

If you are normally healthy there are many winter ailments and illnesses that can be easily treated at home with the aid of some common sense advice and a range of medicines you can buy from a shop or local pharmacy.

To help you during the winter months, visit NHS Choices to find out how you can treat some of those common winter illnesses or we have a handy guide below.


If you need advice your local pharmacist can help

Pharmacists are experts in the use of medicines and are able to diagnose and offer treatment for a range of minor illnesses and ailments immediately, without the need to make an appointment. They are open long hours, at weekends and evenings and there are many pharmacies on the local high street and in supermarkets.

They can give advice, or where appropriate, medicines that can help to clear up the problem and offer a range of branded or non-branded medicines. If you have any questions about the differences between these products they would be happy to talk to you.

Instead of booking an appointment with your GP, you can see your local pharmacist any time by just walking in.


Make sure you have repeat prescriptions

If you or someone you care for requires medicines regularly, make sure you order and collect repeat prescriptions in good time to ensure you or your family have enough medicine to last over the festive period. Many of the calls to out of hours health services are for emergency repeat prescriptions when people have run out of their medication – a situation that could be avoided with some forethought and planning. By thinking ahead for your regular medication you are helping our busy out of hours doctors and nurses.


Need advice outside GP practice opening hours

If you need to see a GP when the practice is closed, contact the NHS 111 service.


NHS child health

It’s a real worry when children become ill. Understandably, we don’t want to take any risks.

Parents and carers can now find NHS advice at their fingertips to help you look after their children’s health. ‘Looking after your child’s health.’ is an important NHS guide for parents and carers of children aged 0-5 years.

Download the free NHS app today! Just search for ‘NHS child health’ on Google Play or Apple’s App Store.


Find out more at