Pharmacy RobotThe general role of the Pharmacy is to ensure the safety of patients who are administered drugs in Sunderland Royal Hospital. Pharmacy controls the purchase, storage and delivery of drugs to the relevant areas, including Out-patients Dispensary. The Pharmacists monitor treatment to ensure each patient receives the best possible drugs for their conditions and ensures that all safety procedures are adhered to.

Ophthalmic Pharmacy Care is provided from Sunderland Eye Infirmary, where we also have a Pharmacy. More details of our departments are listed below.


Inpatient Pharmacy

Responsible for supporting the Pharmacists in the delivery of drugs to the Wards. The Management Technicians are responsible for checking patients own drugs and their medicine lockers.


Outpatient Pharmacy

The Outpatient Dispensary is responsible for providing a dispensing service to all Outpatient clinics, Medical Day Case Unit, Surgical Day Case Unit, Chemotherapy Day Case Unit and the Emergency Department (A&E). resulting in a service provision per year of around 60,000 prescriptions transactions.  In addition to the above the department also provides a Research led Clinical Trial Dispensing Service on behalf of the Trust.


Pharmacy Production

Responsible for manufacturing chemotherapy and other drugs to be used in the hospital and also for sale to other hospitals. They also organise pre-pack Medicines for specific use, such as Casualty Packs and Clinic Packs.


Integrated Medicines Management

Integrated Medicines Management (IMM) is a term used to describe the bringing together of several elements of clinical pharmacy services that have been shown to each be effective in dealing with medication problems at key phases of the patient’s stay – admission, inpatient monitoring and counselling and discharge.   The following video describes  how this is put into action to benefit patients and other healthcare professionals whilst enhancing the clinical input and role of the pharmacists and technicians themselves.  It also describes the importance of patients bringing their own medicines into hospital, what to expect from the pharmacy team and how you can be supported with safe medication transfer after your discharge. 

Pharmacy Opening Times

Please click here for opening times of the Trust’s pharmacies.



Inpatient Pharmacy (includes Stores, Manufacturing, Medicines Information and Pharmacy Offices
Over the road from Hylton Road side of the hospital. Corrugated building just after Estate, Facilities & Supplies Building (old Ambulance Room)

Out-patient Pharmacy
Chester Road entrance and directly on the right

Sunderland Eye Infirmary
Along A1018 Ryhope Road (Alexander Road), turn at Roundabout onto B1405



Prescribing Guide/Formulary 2014

Joint Formulary (with Sunderland CCG)



Chief Pharmacist – Dave Miller – 0191 569 9898
Warfarin Office – 0191 569 9183 (answer machine)
Sunderland Eye Infirmary – 0191 565 6256 ext 46257