Re-provision of RHSC and DCN

This project is to re-provide the services from the Royal Hospital for Sick Children (RHSC), Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and the Department of Clinical Neurosciences (DCN) in a single building adjoining the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh at Little France.

NHS Lothian is committed to maintaining Edinburgh’s reputation as a world-class centre for medicine. Our project to re-provide services from the RHSC, CAMHS and DCN at Little France will help us to provide the people of Lothian, and Scotland, with facilities and services that ensure they receive the highest possible standards of care.

Plans to build a replacement for the current RHSC (incorporating CAMHS) and DCN have been in the making for several years. This project will see a combined building constructed next to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, bringing paediatric care, specialist neonatal care, neurosciences and adult and children’s emergency departments together on one site to create a centre of excellence.

There are significant benefits of having children’s, maternity and adult services on the same site and the proximity to the University of Edinburgh Medical school and the BioQuarter will improve opportunities for partnership working and bring research to the bedside.

It was announced as part of the Scottish Government’s budget for 2011/12 that the re-provision of RHSC and DCN would be funded using the Non Profit Distributing (NPD) Model, with support from the Scottish Futures Trust.

Since then the RHSC and DCN project team has been working closely with the Scottish Government and Scottish Futures Trust to progress the project. The​ Outline Business Case was approved by the Scottish Government in September 2012.

Integrated Health Solutions Lothian were chosen as the preferred bidder in March 2014 to design, build and maintain the new Royal Hospital for Sick Children and Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh site.

Construction work is expected to start in autumn 2014, with the hospital opening in the summer of 2017.



Last Reviewed: 12/03/2014