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Sunderland referral information

Sunderland CCG Area
Updated March 2020

Initial Response Service

Initial Response Team (IRT)

Patient Group: Working age adults, including primary care mental health, community mental health teams
Older people, community teams and learning disability
Availability: 24/7
Telephone number: 0303 123 1145
Fax: 0191 5667200

By letter:
Initial Response Team
Barton Centre
Cherry Knowle Hospital

Children and Young People

Children and Young People’s Service

Patient Group: Children up to 18 years old with mental health and/or learning disabilities
Availability: 8am – 8pm Monday to Friday. Weekends if required.
Telephone number: 0191 566 5500
Fax: 0191 566 5534

By letter:
Barton Centre
Hopewood Park


Veterans Service

Patient Group: NHS Transition, Intervention and Liaison (TIL) veterans’ mental health service. Tailored to support and treat ex-armed forces veterans and service personnel who are approaching discharge and provides a range of treatment and support.
Availability: Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm
Telephone number: 0303 123 1145

Other contact methods

Telephone number: 0191 441 5974
Fax: 0191 594 5864

By letter:
North End House
42 North End House

Useful links:
Combat Stress:
Royal British Legion:
Veterans UK:

Sunderland Psychological Wellbeing Service

IAPT service

Patient Group: Delivered in partnership between Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, Sunderland Counselling Service and Washington MIND. A city wide team providing quick access to assessment and a range of psychological treatment interventions to those people with common mental health problems who have a low to moderate level of need.

Availability: Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm
Telephone number: 0191 566 5450   Email: