Royal Hospital for Sick Children

Royal Hospital for Sick Children
9 Sciennes Road
Telephone: 0131 536 0000

The Royal Hospital for Sick Children has been caring for children and young people in the Lothians and beyond for over 150 years.

Part of NHS Lothian’s University Hospitals Division, ‘the Sick Kids’, as it is fondly known, provides a comprehensive range of dedicated children's services, including its own accident and emergency department.

The hospital is currently based at Sciennes, near Edinburgh city centre, and offers services including acute medical and surgical care, specialist surgical and medical care, haematology and oncology, day care and critical care. A busy outpatient department cares for more than 34,000 patients a year.

As a major part of NHS Lothian’s modernisation plans, care of children and young people will be transferred to a brand new hospital being built beside the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh at Little France.

Information on our plans for the new hospital can be found at Re-provision of RHSC and DCN at Little France​.​

To find out more about the history of the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, please visit our history pages​.


The Sick Kids offers patients a wide range of services including:

  • Accident and Emergency
  • Anaesthetics
  • Burns
  • Cardiology
  • Ear, nose and throat (ENT)
  • Gastroenterology
  • Haematology
  • Infectious diseases
  • Neonatology
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Oncology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Oral surgery
  • Orthopaedics
  • Paediatric medicine
  • Paediatric surgery
  • Plastic surgery
  • Rheumatology
  • Scoliosis.

Visiting times

Please check the visiting times with the individual wards by calling the hospital switchboard on 0131 536 1000.​​​​

Last Reviewed: 21/01/2014