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. As of Friday 3 July 2015 the paediatric ward at St John’s Hospital will be open from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday.  

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 2,800 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
  • 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: 01/07/2015