Pain Service

City Hospitals Sunderland’s Anaesthetic Department provides a Pain Service which includes the treatment and management of both acute and chronic pain.


Acute Pain

‘Acute pain’ is pain of recent onset and generally of limited duration, commonly caused by surgery / trauma etc. All the wards and medical personnel should be well equipped to manage acute pain in their patients, however acute pain nurses are accessible along with consultant support for advice and help in special cases.

The Acute Pain Service covers patients with:

  • Epidural infusion analgesia
  • Problems with Patient Controlled Analgesia (PCA)
  • Assessment for Patient Controlled Analgesia (PCA)
  • Special non-surgical pain situations, eg fractured ribs, acute ischaemic limb pain etc.


Chronic Pain

‘Chronic pain’ is long term in nature and can have a debilitating effect on all aspects of the patient’s lifestyle. There may be significant influence of bio-psycho-social factors contributing to the perception of chronic pain hence management is mostly outpatient based and may involve a multidisciplinary approach.


The chronic pain service is primarily outpatient based, accepting direct referrals from other specialties and from GPs through Choose and Book referrals. The Outpatient Pain Clinics are located across the region to cover a large catchment area stretching from Peterlee to South Shields and Roker to Washington.

Clinics are based at:

  • Sunderland Royal Hospital – Chester Wing Outpatients
  • Monkwearmouth Hospital – Outpatients
  • Washington Galleries – Health Centre Outpatients
  • South Shields – Cleadon Park Outpatients



Clinical Director
Dr Andy Morrison – 0191 565 6256 ext 42447

Divisional General Manager

Mark Kelly – 0191 565 6256 ext 49158