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.

The £190 million hospital opened in 2003 as a modern, purpose-built replacement for the old and out-dated Victorian building at Lauriston Place, and has more than 900 inpatient beds. It is home to Scotland’s biggest maternity unit – some 6000 babies are born at the RIE’s Simpson Centre for Reproductive Health each year – and Scotland’s busiest A&E department.

RIE will be the site of NHS Lothian’s first birthing centre, which will give women more choice about the birth of their baby. Information is available at the new Birthing Centre website.

Specialist services include cardiac surgery, and kidney, liver, pancreas and bone marrow transplants. The RIE is home to the Scottish Liver Transplant Unit.

The Royal Infirmary is part of NHS Lothian’s University Hospitals Division.

To find out more about the history of the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, please visit our history pages.

For a map and instructions of how to get to the RIE please see our Getting to the RIE booklet.


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.

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.

Last Reviewed: 01/06/2011