The Cardiology Department provides local and sub-regional services for approximately 750,000 people in the Sunderland locality. Services include:

  • acute chest pain investigation (as an inpatient and outpatient)
  • high dependency care
  • pacemaker insertion
  • angioplasty
  • diagnostic angiography


Diagnostic Cardiology

Responsible for supporting the delivery of care by providing services that support the diagnostic process for example

  • echocardiography (ultra sound scanning of the heart)
  • cardiac rhythm investigation.

The team also plays an integral part in supporting the provision of angioplasty services and pacemaker implantation.


Coronary Care Unit (CCU)

The CCU provides high dependency care to patients with a variety of cardiac conditions. The unit offers a range of specialised acute services that include 12-lead cardiac monitoring, non-invasive ventilation, renal dialysis and intra-aortic balloon therapy (a machine that supports the hearts function).


Chest Pain Assessment Unit (CPAU)

This purpose built unit works closely with other emergency departments in the hospital and provides specialist services to facilitate the early investigation and treatment of patients with suspected cardiac chest pain. The unit is led by highly specialist nurse-practitioners with consultant ward rounds twice a day, 7 days a week.

Telemedicine (pre-hospital ECG monitoring and voice communication) with the North East Ambulance Service is used to ensure that patients get timely, evidence based care as soon as they arrive at the hospital.


Ward B22 (Cardiology Step Down)

Ward B22 is a 19-bed dedicated cardiac ‘step down’ ward providing specialist nursing and rehabilitation to patients suffering from a variety of cardiac conditions. The ward provides 12-lead ECG monitoring and telemetry monitoring (the ability to monitor a patient’s heart while they walk around).


Cardiac Catheter Laboratory (Cath Lab)

The Cath Lab is a specialist operating theatre with advanced x-ray and cardiac monitoring equipment where procedures such as coronary angiography (visualisation of the arteries in the heart); coronary angioplasty (widening of the arteries of the heart) and pacemaker implantation take place.


Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac rehabilitation aims to help people come to terms with their ill health and achieve an optimum quality of life. The team consists of nurses; physiotherapists; occupational therapist and health psychology and supports services within the hospital and primary care.


Cardiac Genetics

A new service supported by the British Heart Foundation and North of England Cardiovascular Network to support the identification and management of patients and their relatives with inherited cardiac conditions.


Information Leaflets

Coronary angiogram


Key Contacts

Clinical Director
Dr Martyn Farrer – 0191 565 6256 ext 41420

Directorate Manager
Mrs Tina Morrell – 0191 565 6256 ext 40073

Sue Lane – 0191 565 6256

Coronary Care Unit/Chest Pain Assessment
0191 565 6256 ext  42424/49799

Ward B22
0191 565 6256 ext 42424

Dagnostics Department
0191 5656256 ext 42401