St John's Hospital at Howden

Howden Road West
West Lothian
EH54 6PP
Telephone: 01506 523000

You can travel between St John's Hospital and the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh on the Horsburgh Travel Service Number: 400/X400.

St John’s Hospital is a modern teaching hospital that provides a comprehensive and expanding range of services for the people of Lothian and beyond.

The hospital, based at Howden in Livingston, has a 24-hour Accident and Emergency department and a range of specialist services including burns treatment and plastic surgery.

There is a full paediatric service at the hospital, including an acute receiving unit, special baby unit, paediatric ward and a comprehensive range of outpatient services. 

St John’s is home to the Short Stay Elective Surgical Centre, which opened in January 2011, and treats around 3,000 patients a year from across Lothian for day surgery.

The hospital also hosts Lothian’s specialist head and neck unit and the Hooper Hand Unit, and has a reputation for excellence in maternity services, with around 3,000 babies born at the hospital every year. During 2014, the labour suite and special care baby unit were refurbished and upgraded.​


St John’s offers patients a wide range of services including:

  • Accident and Emergency
  • Burns
  • Cardiology
  • Dermatology
  • Ear, Nose and Throat
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • General medicine
  • General surgery
  • Gynaecology
  • Haematology
  • Laboratories
  • Maxillofacial surgery
  • Mental Health - managed by West Lothian CHCP
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Obstetrics
  • Opthalmology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Paediatrics
  • Plastic surgery
  • Renal dialysis
  • Respiratory medicine
  • Rheumatology
  • Surgical paediatrics

Visiting times

Please check the visiting times with the individual wards. You can do this by calling the ward through the hospital switchboard on 01506 523000.​​

Last Reviewed: 20/06/2016