Psychology Services

Psychology Services aim to support patients who have experienced complex psychological implications related to their illness and its management.  These same implications can have a negative impact on a patient’s illness experiences, prognosis, recovery and quality of life vectors.  This can then lead to secondary healthcare needs, such as repeated admissions, increased clinical contact and involvement.  This Service functions to promote patients’ psychological well-being, assisting them in managing their health conditions, as well as in strengthening and developing positive focussed coping strategies.


Psychology Services has specialist streams providing psychological care to a number of medical and surgical specialties within CHS, as well as in providing psychological input into community based health services.  Psychologists working within these multiple streams offer specialist psychological assessment and treatment, both on an in-patient and out-patient basis.  Psychology Services offers evidence based treatments, as outlined within the range of relevant NICE guidelines, as well as being guided by current research recommendations.  Psychologists working within these clinical areas, also aim to promote awareness and the utilisation of the biopsychosocial framework within these same healthcare teams, in order to improve effective condition management, treatment and rehabilitation.


The Head of the Psychology Service is Dr Tony Wells.


Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Referrals to the South of Tyne Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Service are accepted from GPs located across the Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland geographical areas.  The aim of this service is to provide assessment, enhanced condition management and symptomatic treatment, for people who have chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).  We hope to assist in the prevention of longer term and more severe symptoms by providing early intervention.  


CFS can be a disabling condition which is characterised by severe fatigue that has lasted for at least four months duration.  The fatigue experienced within CFS is not due to ongoing exertion, is not substantially relieved by rest and results in a marked reduction in activities.  Other symptoms can include poor concentration, muscle pains, headaches and un-refreshing sleep.  There are no known curative solutions available for people with CFS, but there are evidence based management strategies, as highlighted within the NICE Guidance for CFS, that are actively utilised in the treatment packages offered to people who access this Service.



South of Tyne Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Service
Chester Lodge
Sunderland Royal Hospital
Kayll Road
Tel – 0191 541 0045


Specialist Weight Management Service

Referrals to the South of Tyne Specialist Weight Management Service are made by GPs located across the Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland geographical areas.  The aim of the service is to assist people in tackling their long-standing and complex weight management issues (BMI >40kg/m2 or >35kg/m2 with co-morbid health problems).  We work with people, including those with physical and/or psychological health concerns, who have previously tried to lose weight, but have not been successful either in losing weight or maintaining weight loss.  The service is delivered through an inter-disciplinary framework from three teams that serve the three geographical areas.  Each team consists of a dietitian, an exercise practitioner and a psychologist, supported by an administrator.



South of Tyne Specialist Weight Management Service
Gateshead Sector
Old Town Hall
Gateshead   NE8 1HE
Tel – 0191 4336958

South of Tyne Specialist Weight Management Service
South Tyneside Sector
Bungalow 1, Wellness Centre
Temple Park Leisure Centre
John Reid Road
South Shields   NE34 8QN
Tel – 0191 4247770

South of Tyne Specialist Weight Management Service
Sunderland Sector
Sunderland Aquatic Centre
Stadium Park
Sunderland   SR5 1SU
Tel – 0191 561 8230