Anaesthetics is the largest department in the Trust, providing services and support in surgical theatres, intensive care, obstetrics, preoperative assessments, pain management and many others.
Anaesthetics is part of Theatres.
A major role of the department is providing support for the surgical theatres. This encompasses theatres at Sunderland Eye Infirmary, various speciality theatres in the Obstetrics wing, Urology, Radiology and the main theatres on C, D and F levels.
As part of the surgical pathway for any planned surgery, patients are required to attend a PREP clinic, for Preoperative Risk Evaluation and Preparation. This is a nurse-led service with clinical advice provided by Anaesthetic Consultants.
Other than the operating areas, Anaesthetic teams look after the critically ill patients in the Integrated Critical Care Unit and provide outreach service to at-risk patients in the wards.
The department provides 24 hours cover for the maternity unit for women requiring pain relief with epidural during labour or requiring caesarean section.
There is well organised pain management unit in the department that provides advice for inpatients having difficulties with either pain after surgery or long standing pain. For those in chronic pain, outpatient clinics are situated around the region to bring patient-care closer to their homes in the community.
Anaethetics 0191 5656256 extensions 42446, 42447
Pain service 0191 5656256 extenions 42341, 49628, 42977, 42988
The Anaesthetic department is located on the A-level of the
main hospital building, best accessed through the stair well from Kayll Road
entrance of the hospital.
ICCU is located on the C-level of the main building and has restricted access.
The Outpatient clinics are located at Monkwearmouth Hospital, Washington Galleries Health Centre, Cleadon Park Health Centre and within the Chester Wing of the Sunderland Royal Hospital. Car parking is not free at any of the sites other than the superstore car park at Washington Galleries.
Divisional General Manager Jacquie Butterworth
Directorate Manager Vicky Mitchell
Clinical Director Dr Martin Millar
Matron Angie Bell