Sunderland Eye Infirmary provides a whole range of ophthalmic services for the population of Sunderland and the immediate surrounding area and is also a sub-regional centre, servicing the population of the North East of England seeing in the region of 100,000 attendances every year.

Our staff

Divisional General Manager Anna Hargrave

Directorate Manager Tina Morrell

Clinical Director Dr Lawrence Gnanaraj

Matron Denise Johnson


Sunderland Eye Infirmary (Queen Alexandra Road, Sunderland, SR2 9HP)

Sunderland Eye Infirmary – Directions

The Eye Infirmary is well served by bus routes and there are bus stops directly outside the Infirmary.

Contact us

Clinical Director ­Lawrence Gnanaraj – 0191 565 6256 ext 49663

Directorate Manager Tina Morrell – 0191 565 6256 ext 46232 Tina.morrell@chsft.nhs.uk

Sunderland Eye Infirmary Emergency Department – 0191 569 9951
Action for Blind Representative (ECLO) – 0191 565 6256 extension 46259
Appointments – 0191 569 9072 / 569 9885 / 569 9886 / 569 9161 (Direct Lines)
Cataract Treatment Centre 0191 565 6256 extension 49080
Haygarth Clinic 0191 565 6256 extension 46298
Haygarth Ward 0191 565 6256 extension 46249
Macular Unit 0191 565 6256 extension 46288
Matron 0191 565 6256 extension 46242
Mayling Unit 0191 565 6256 extension 46221
Medical Photography 0191 565 6256 extension 46214
Medical Records 0191 565 6256 extension 46362/46339/46260/46340/46362/49080

Medical Records/Scheduling manager 0191 5656256 extension 46209
Nurse Consultant 0191 565 6256 extension 46268
Optometry 0191 565 6256 extension 46259
Orthoptics 0191 565 6256 extension 49064
Outpatients A 0191 565 6256 extension 46273
Outpatients B 0191 565 6256 extension 49080
Pharmacy 0191 565 6256 extension 46256
Senior Medical Secretary 0191 565 6256 extension 49067

Sunderland Eye Infirmary

The Sunderland Eye Hospital was established in 1836 and moved to its current premises in 1940.In 1948 it was taken over as part of the NHS and officially opened by (then) Princess Elizabeth in 1946.

Nationally renowned for its innovation and high quality of services it is the home of the only 24/7 dedicated Ophthalmic Accident and Emergency Unit servicing the North East which treats approximately 32,000 patients per year with conditions ranging from minor irritations to major ocular trauma.

Outpatient clinics are held at the SEI hub and a further nine spoke sites including South Tyneside, Durham and Hartlepool.

Outpatient area A

This is where a lot of activity takes place and where many patients have a first appointment.Clinics are held for adults and children, with optometrists, nurses and consultants.Minor surgery takes place here and staff offer a great deal of advice and support.

Outpatients A 0191 565 6256 extension 46273

Outpatient area B

The Outpatient B area provides a service to compliment the Cataract Treatment Centre. A number of nurse-led initiatives take place including preadmission assessment for cataract surgery and post-operative cataract clinics. Patients are given a choice of dates and times of surgery to suit.

Other services provided are diabetic clinics including laser treatments.

The aim of outpatient B is to provide patient-centred care of the highest standard, giving the patients and their relatives’ information, education and choice.

Outpatients B 0191 565 6256 extension 49080

Clinical Trials Unit

The Ophthalmology team at Sunderland Eye Infirmary (SEI) is very committed to ongoing research and development to bring about advancements in the care and treatment of patients with eye disease and as such as a dedicated Clinical Trials Unit.

The Sunderland Eye Infirmary provide both medical and surgical treatment of eye diseases, as well as optometry and visual rehabilitation and as a result we support a wide range of research including:

  • studies involving medicines for diseases of the eye and optic nerve
  • studies involving devices in diseases of the eye and optic nerve
  • studies of childhood and inherited visual disorders
  • studies which document the natural history of eye diseases
  • studies to identify the risk factors and causes of eye diseases
  • studies of aids to help people with visual impairment and visual rehabilitation programmes

Active studies at the moment focus on conditions such as:

  • Age related macular degeneration
  • Diabetic macular oedema
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Retinal vein occlusion
  • Vitreo-macular traction (VMT)
  • Glaucoma
  • Eye trauma

Click here for a full list of trials taking place at the moment.

The Research Team

SEI Research Lead: Mr David Steel

Ophthalmology Specialty Group Lead for Local Clinical Research Network:Mrs Deepali Varma

We also have a number of consultants actively leading on clinical trials

  • Mr Maged Habib – Retina
  • Mr Jonathan Smith – Retina
  • Mr Ajay Kotagiri – Retina
  • Miss Teresa Sandinha – Retina
  • Mr Nick Wride – Glaucoma
  • Mr Dugald Bell – Uveitis

Other staff involved in clinical research include:

  • Doctors (the study investigators) who assess your eyes and give study treatments
  • Research Nurses co-ordinating study activities and to support you during the study
  • Optometrists to check your vision
  • Photographs who take images and scans of your eyes

If you would like to find out more about current and future ophthalmic research please visit the UK Clinical Trials Gateway. To find out what may be involved in participating in a research trial at Sunderland Eye Infirmary Clinical Trials Unit click here.

If you would like any further information about ophthalmic research at Sunderland Eye Infirmary please contact Steve Dodds, Lead Nurse (steve.dodds@chsft.nhs.uk) Tel 0191 569 9039

Haygarth Ward

Provides inpatient care for patients undergoing more major procedures and includes a children area with specially trained paediatric nurses. Length of stay on the Ophthalmology ward is not generally long due to the nature of the surgery, however should your stay be extended for any reason the staff here will make you feel as much at home as possible.

Meals are provided and a menu is available for each patient and staff will assist you to read this if needed. There is a sitting room if you prefer to leave your bed side and access to television and radio.

The ward prides itself on the highest standards of care and in treating every person as an individual.

Haygarth Ward 0191 565 6256 extension 46249

Main theatres/Day case unit

This very busy dual theatre suite carries out all inpatient surgery and non-cataract day case surgery such as lid surgery. There are elective lists every day and emergency lists held at weekends and bank holidays. The consultant team have an on call rota for general ophthalmology and for retinal surgery as part of the regional services. Nurse led minor operations and injections also take place within the theatre area as part of the macular activity. When attending for day case most patients bring a relative with them who can stay in the waiting area until complete if they wish.

Sunderland Royal Hospital

Kayll Road, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, SR4 7TP

Tel: 0191 565 6256

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Sunderland Eye Infirmary

Queen Alexandra Road, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, SR2 9HP

Tel: 0191 565 6256

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