Pain service

Our service comprises of two main areas - acute pain and chronic pain; acute provides support to surgical patients and other medical conditions; chronic management helps patients suffering from long term pain.

The Pain service team are part of the Theatres department.

The Pain Management Unit at Sunderland is one of the biggest of its kind in the North of England. The most recent available figures show an annual Outpatient attendance of 1350 new patients to the Pain Service. The clinical team comprises of consultants, specialist nurses, pharmacist, junior doctors and is supported by secretarial staff. There is a close liaison with Psychology and Physiotherapy for patients who require these services.

Outpatient Pain Clinics are accessible through Choose and Book for GP referrals at Washington Galleries, Monkwearmouth Hospital, Cleadon Park Health Centre - South Shields and at Chester Wing of Sunderland Royal Hospital. Patients may also get referred directly to a Pain Clinic by another Specialist.

Pain Management secretaries can be reached at the following extensions through the hospital switchboard.

0191 5656256 extensions 42341, 49628, 42977, 42988

The Pain Management administrative office is based within the Anaesthetic Department at the Sunderland Royal Hospital. For navigation, the following are the postcodes for the offsite Outpatient Pain Clinics.

Cleadon Park Primary Care Centre, Prince Edward Road, South Shields, NE34 7QD

Monkwearmouth Hospital, Newcastle Road, Sunderland, SR5 1NB

Washington Galleries Health Centre, Washington, NE38 7NQ

Car parking is available at all the sites, although it is free of charge only at the shopping centre car park of Washington Galleries.


Dr Allistair Dodds

Dr Sarah Gibb

Dr Sreedhar Gudipati

Dr Kiran Koneti

Dr Amit Kumar

Dr Sanjay Varma

Nurse Specialists

Sister Helen Catcherside

Sister Nova Wilson

Specialist Pharmacist

Evonne Clark


Leigh Cooper

Debra Hanson

Brenda Middleton

Jean Mills

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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