The Haematology Department provides haematology services for patients in the South of Tyne region. It is responsible for clinical and laboratory haematology services at Sunderland Royal Hospital, South Tyneside District General Hospital and at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead.

The team of consultants and specialist registrars work across the 3 hospital sites.  Out-patient, day unit and in-patient haematology care is provided at all 3 sites.


Patients requiring more intensive haematology treatment, such as intensive chemotherapy, autologous stem cell transplantation or treatment of acute leukaemia, are treated on ward B28 at Sunderland Royal Hospital which is a 14 bedded dedicated haematology ward with haematology trained nursing staff.


The Phoenix Unit

The Phoenix Unit is the Trust’s Chemotherapy, Haematology and Infusion Day Unit.   Sunderland is recognised as a Cancer Unit and is part of the North of England Cancer Network.  The Phoenix Unit is overarching “hub” for a range of settings for the provision of chemotherapy service – hospital, home and outreach – depending on a patient’s preference and treatment type.


The Home Chemotherapy service allows patients to have their treatment in the comfort of their own home and also provides them with a choice of where it is most convenient and suitable to receive therapy.   Outreach Service is provided from Washington Primary Care Centre.  In-patient chemotherapy is delivered to Haematology patients only at Sunderland Royal Hospital. 


The Phoenix Unit is open Monday to Friday between 8.30 am and 7 pm and Saturday between 8.30 am and 2.30 pm.  


The Phoenix Unit objectives include:

  • Provision of an efficient and safe treatment service for patients requiring chemotherapy within the unit, their own home environment or nearer to their home within the Outreach Service.
  • Provision of adequate and appropriate research based information to patients.
  • Ensuring patients and their carers are aware of all relevant professional support and other agencies that may be appropriate to their care and referred if required.
  • Informing GPs and district nurses of the patient’s progress.
  • Identifying patients who may benefit from having chemotherapy or supportive treatments in the home and outreach setting.
  • Ensuring continuity for the patient by providing a named nurse who will deliver their care over an agreed period of time.


Treatments carried out in the unit include:

  • Chemotherapy Treatment
  • Supportive treatments including blood product transfusions
  • Bisphosphonate infusions
  • Hickman line insertion, care, repair and removal.
  • Investigations and procedures such as Bone Marrow Biopsies.
  • Venesection
  • Plasmapheresis
  • Chemotherapy Treatment (Breast, Colorectal, Upper GI, Gynae, Lung and   Urology)
  • Supportive treatments including blood product transfusions, Bisphosphonate infusions.
  • Hickman line insertion, care, repair and removal.


Information Leaflets

Total body irradiation

Chemo Advice

Chemo and Haem day unit

Essential Thrombocythaemia


Radiotherapy a guide


Key Contacts

Clinical Director
Dr Sean Fenwick – 0191 565 6256 ext 47226

Directorate Manager
Rachel Gallagher – 0191 565 6256 ext 47148

Miriam Davison – 0191 565 6256

Phoenix Unit
0191 5656256 ext 49822

Ward B28
0191 569 9728



The Phoenix Unit (providing chemotherapy, haematology and infusion services) is on D Floor and Ward B28 is on B Floor. Enter via Kayll Road and proceed through the Main Entrance and concourse to the lifts for access to the level you require.