Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
51 Little France Crescent
Old Dalkeith Road
EH16 4SA
Telephone: 0131 536 1000

The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh is a major acute teaching hospital. With a 24-hour accident and emergency department, it provides a full range of acute medical and surgical services for patients from across Lothian and specialist services for people from across the south east of Scotland and beyond.

Visiting times

Please check the visiting times with the individual wards. You can do this by calling the ward through the hospital switchboard on 0131 536 1000.


The Royal Infirmary provides a range of expert medical and surgical services, including:

  • Accident and emergency
  • Acute medicine
  • Cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery
  • Gastroenterology
  • General surgery
  • Maternity, gynaecology and neonatal units
  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • Renal (kidney) medicine and dialysis
  • Respiratory medicine
  • Sleep medicine
  • Transplant surgery (kidney and liver transplant)
  • Vascular surgery.

For a complete list of services at Lothian hospitals, look at our A to Z of Services.

Construction of the Royal Hospital for Sick Children and Department of Clinical Neurosciences at Little France

This £150 million project started construction at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh site in February 2015. The project will see the redevelopment of services from the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and the Department of Clinical Neurosciences in a single building adjoining the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh at adult and child Emergency Departments.

The new building, which will adjoin the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh via adult and children Emergency Departments, is anticipated to open in autumn 2017.

More information about the project is available here.

Last Reviewed: 23/11/2015