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Sunderland Royal Hospital

Kayll Road, Sunderland.  SR4 7TP

Website:   https://chsft.nhs.uk

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Anaesthetic Department, A Floor, SRH.

Direct Telephone:  0191 569 9628

Email address:  Carolyn.Ross-Allison@chsft.nhs.uk


Sunderland Royal Hospital is a big busy district 970-bed general hospital. There are 20 operating theatres providing elective and emergency surgery in the following specialities; general, bariatric, vascular, ENT, max-fax, trauma & orthopaedics, gynaecology and urology. Ophthalmic surgery takes place at Sunderland Eye Infirmary, about 2 miles away. The maternity unit handles approximately 3500 deliveries per year supported by a dedicated operating theatre, epidural service and elective caesarean section lists.  Critical Care is provided by a state-of-the-art, 18-cubicle ICCU. Non-operatively the anaesthetic department also provides acute and chronic pain services and a long-term vascular access service.

With plenty of quick turnaround day-case lists and a wide range of emergency surgery SRH is an ideal place for those embarking on core training in anaesthetics or consolidating and building on initial experience through their second year of core training.

There is great support for those sitting both the primary and final FRCA exams with a number of consultants offering regular viva practice including those who are RCOA examiners. SRH consultants organise and run the regional Final FRCA revision days and Viva practice days so there are few better places to be training while preparing for the exams.

The clinical caseload at Sunderland allows completion of all intermediate and higher competences other than cardiac and neuro (and higher Paeds). The block room provides exceptional training in regional anaesthesia on a par with anywhere in the country. Other particular training opportunities include complex airway cases with tertiary level ENT and Max/Fax surgery, one of the busiest bariatric units in the country and the third busiest maternity unit in the region. Those with an interest in Major surgery are similarly well catered for with exposure to major urology in addition to vascular and general surgery. The fully consultant-covered PREP clinic with regular CPET sessions is an ideal environment for training in peri-operative medicine and risk evaluation.

Advanced training modules are offered in Airway, Regional, Major surgery and Obstetrics anaesthesia in addition to advanced Pain training. Full details and supervisor contact details can be found on the advanced modules section of the NSA website.

The Integrated Critical Care Unit provides a wide range of clinical experience and the training provided is exceptional – please see the ICCU tab for full details. The time and effort our consultant staff put into education and training is evidenced by the dedicated SRH ICCU Medical Education website, see www.ICCUeducation.org.uk for details.

Integrated Critical Care Unit

Opened in 2011, the Integrated Critical Care Unit (ICCU) at Sunderland Royal Hospital is an innovative and state-of-the-art facility which was shortlisted in the ‘Best Acute Design’ category of the Building Better Healthcare Awards.  The design and function of the unit is centred around patient care and experience.

Medical staffing is provided by 11 consultant intensivists and junior doctors from; the foundation programme, the acute care common stem, and anaesthesia, respiratory medicine, acute medicine and intensive care medicine specialty training.  Non-clinical consultant roles within the department include: deputy lead regional advisor for intensive care medicine, head of the NSAICM, FICM lead for e-ICM, FICM deputy lead for the ICM e-portfolio and FFICM examiner.

As well as being one of the first units in the country to offer a 24/7/365 critical care outreach service, we have an effective rehabilitation after critical illness team and are pioneering the use of complementary therapies within critical care.  We work with a critical care specialist physiotherapist, and our dietician sits on the national committee for critical care dietetics.

Outcome data is benchmarked against the ICNARC dataset, with the unit consistently demonstrating excellent patient outcome.

Our varied case-mix (approx. 1000 admissions p.a., approx. 50% level 3) and educational approach ensures that we are able to provide training for all stages of the ICM curriculum (except specialist paediatrics, cardiac and neuro).  FICE training is encouraged; 4 of our consultants are accredited and a mentor can be provided if required.  Training opportunities within the unit include daily teaching, monthly education mornings and multidisciplinary simulation training using our high fidelity simulation suite.  The latter is notable in being permanently sited in a unit bed space rather than in a separate simulated environment.   The team in Sunderland also run a very successful national course in preparation for the FFICM examination (www.FFICMcourse.co.uk) and transfer training for the region.  Training in Sunderland ICCU is consistently a national outlier within the national GMC trainee survey.

The unit maintains close academic links with Prof John Simpson (University of Newcastle) and is active with portfolio, industry and single centre original studies.  We also write an innovative evidence based practice blog with a worldwide readership.  We encourage all members of the team to take part in research activity.

For further information about training and working with us please visit our website www.iccueducation.org.uk


Advanced modules

Available in Obstetric & Regional Anaesthesia.