'Bear with us’ as improvements are made to A&E at RHSC

Work will begin this week to improve the accident and emergency (A&E) facilities at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children Edinburgh.

The redesign of the A&E department, on the ground floor of the 115 year old building, will help the team meet the needs of patients and carers in advance of moving to the new children’s hospital in 2013.

However, access to existing facilities will be reduced during the renovation and NHS Lothian is asking those attending A&E to “bear with us” until the work is completed.

Dr Paul Leonard, A&E Consultant, NHS Lothian, said:

“Our A&E department at the RHSC is extremely busy and this work will help us improve the care we provide.
“While it is taking place we may need to restrict the number of adults attending with a child. We would also ask parents and carers to consider other available options such as their own GP, calling NHS 24 or, for children over one year, visiting the minor injuries clinic at the Western General.”

The £50,000 renovation will increase clinical space, improve waiting areas and create a new reception area. The work is scheduled to take three months and should be completed in early April.