The Department of Gastroenterology provides local luminal and hepato-pancreatico-biliary services for the local population of Sunderland.

Inpatient services are provided mainly on on Ward B26. A Consultant gastroenterology service is provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and there is also a 24/7 emergency endoscopy service available for patients with gastrointestinal bleeding, led by the consultant gastroenterologist on call. There is expertise in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), hepatology, nutrition and pancreatico-biliary diseases.

A PEG nurse is responsible for initial assessment and post procedure management of patients who have enteral feeding tubes in place.

A Nutrition Nurse Specialist is involved in assessment and management of patients with complex nutritional requirement.

An Alcohol Nurse Specialist works with the gastroenterologists and alcohol teams (in hospital and  in the community) to support and treat patients with alcohol related illnesses

There is also specialist nurse input with patients diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease and cancers of the gastrointestinal tract

There is a weekly video conference upper GI cancer multidisciplinary team (MDT) meeting with the cancer centre in Newcastle and a local weekly lower GI MDT meeting.

Outpatient services are provided mainly on the Sunderland Royal Hospital site but there are also outreach clinics at Monkwearmouth Hospital and the Washington Galleries Health Centre. In addition to the general gastroenterology clinics, there are specialist clinics including irritable bowel disease, hepatology and GI genetics. There is a weekly clinic which allows patients referred urgently to endoscopy to be seen within one week of their procedure. There are nrse led clinics for inflammatory bowel disease and alcohol as well as a nurse led clinic with dietetic input for patients diagnosed with cancer of the gastrointestinal tract. There is also a dietician led Coeliac disease clinic, which is responsible for the follow up of patients with this chronic disorder.

The Endoscopy Unit has 3 rooms with Olympus video-endoscopes, the majority of which recently purchased. This is a forward looking unit where a wide range of basic innovative endoscopy procedures are performed.

Relationships – For any comprehensive provision of gastrointestinal services, there must be close relationships with other disciplines, especially surgery and radiology. Xray assisted endoscopy procedures are performed in a designated room in the x-ray department giving ready and immediate access to GI radiologist assistance. There is also a weekly joint meeting with surgeons and radiologists to facilitate management of patients with complex GI problems. We work closely with hospital and community alcohol teams to increase support & improve outcomes for patients with alcohol related illnesses.

Gastroscopy Easy Read Leaflet

Key Contacts

Clinical Director
John Painter – 0191 565 6256 ext 41444

Directorate Manager
Jackie Burlison – 0191 565 6256 ext 47445

Sarah Sasmezer

Endoscopy Unit Reception
0191 5656256 ext: 49626

Ward B26
0191 565 6256 ext 49726