Grant for major hospital project

The trustees of the Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation have guaranteed their biggest ever grant of £2-million towards the new Royal Hospital for Sick Children and Department of Clinical Neurosciences.
The grant will be spent on an exciting list of “added-extras” which will enhance the patient experience in the new building.

The project will see the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service and the Department of Clinical Neurosciences co-located in a new facility adjoining the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

The Health Foundation funding will support a list of features which will enhance the experience for patients and families within the building, these could include:

  • enhancing entrance areas and public spaces
  • landscaping and wayfinding
  • performance and play areas
  • spiritual care and quiet rooms
  • providing enhanced technology to ensure that patients, carers, families, parents and visitors alike will have the best possible experience during their hospital stay.  
Brian Houston, Chairman of Trustees, Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation said: “The new building will provide a purpose built and modern facility of which the people of Lothian can be proud. We are thrilled to be able to improve the patient experience by funding exciting artist commissions, enhanced interior design and wayfinding, and outdoor landscaping. Coming to hospital can be a stressful and traumatic experience for patients of all ages, and their carers too. Specific projects such as developing sky ceilings and personalisation of bedside technology will make a huge difference to the healing environment and, simply put, would not happen without our grant.”    


Foundation Director, Jane Ferguson said: “Following in depth discussions and consultation with the project team, contractors, architects, artists and patient user groups, the Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation trustees are delighted to have pledged this grant to the project. This is a hugely exciting project and the commitment from the Edinburgh and Lothian Health Foundation trustees will ensure that the new facility provides an environment which is restful and aids healing. We will now begin detailed discussions with designers and artists and are already looking forward to seeing the designs take shape in the coming months.”


Brian Currie, Project Director, NHS Lothian said: “On behalf of NHS Lothian and the project team I would like to thank the Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation for this substantial contribution. The fact that this is their largest ever single contribution shows just how important this project is to the people of Lothian and beyond. This funding will be used to bring added value to the new facility especially within the Department of Clinical Neurosciences. We are also in discussions with a number of other charities, in relation to how they can add value to enhance the patient and family experience within the new facility.”




Notes for Editors


  • The Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation is the second largest NHS-linked registered charity in Scotland. ELHF improves the health of the people of Edinburgh and the Lothians through targeted support of the work of its NHS Board, but more broadly in the promotion and support of health improvement on a regional and national level. Last year we contributed over £4.5 million in charitable grants to health-improvement projects. For further information about the Foundation visit
  • NHS Lothian, working alongside Integrated Health Solutions Lothian, has prepared a list of priority areas where charities can ‘add value’ to the new facility. These range from enhancing interior design and landscaping to providing interactive play and distraction for the RHSC.
  • In March 2014, after a thorough evaluation process, Integrated Health Solutions Lothian were chosen as the preferred bidder to design, build and maintain the new Royal Hospital for Sick Children and Department of Clinical Neurosciences. 
  • A decision on the planning submission for the new facility is expected to be received from the City of Edinburgh Council later this summer, with work on the new facility due to start later before the end of the 2014.

 For more information please contact Jane Ferguson, Director, Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation on 0131 465 5850.