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, recently modernised with a £3.5 million upgrade. Its range of specialist services include 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.

In April 2006, ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgery transferred to St John’s from Edinburgh, as part of plans to establish a specialist head and neck unit. The hospital is developing a regional centre for elective surgery, including a centre for minimally invasive surgery. St John’s also has a reputation for excellence in maternity services and around 2,500 babies are born at the hospital every year.

St John’s is part of NHS Lothian’s University Hospitals Division. It 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.


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: 10/07/2012