Advice on staying safe during Hogmanay from our Medical Director


NHS Lothian Medical Director Dr David Farquharson offers some advice on staying safe over Hogmanay

Maternity staff Christmas video goes viral


Christmas video made by maternity staff has gone viral on social media.

Keys for Royal Edinburgh Hospital campus phase one


The project to redevelop the Royal Edinburgh Hospital campus has taken another major step forward with the keys of the £48 million first phase being exchanged in time for Christmas.

#giftofthanksnhs social media campaign


We are recognising the hard work of our staff through the #giftofthanksnhs social media hashtag, and urge you to get involved.

Relocation provides Leith Walk Surgery platform to grow


Works have started on a new £1.17m Leith Walk Surgery meaning more patients can use the practice in the future.

3D printing technology brings early Christmas ch-ear for Lanarkshire schoolgirl


A nine year old girl from Lanarkshire will be receiving a new ear at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children thanks to 3D printing technology.

West Lothian Palliative Care team win national award for their work with the terminally ill


The West Lothian Community Care team and an Edinburgh nurse have been recognised for their work with people living with a terminal illness at Marie Curie’s annual Peacock Awards.

NHS Lothian endorses Charter for Tobacco-free Generation


NHS Lothian this week signed up to Scotland’s Charter for a Tobacco-free Generation at the Lothian Tobacco Prevention Stakeholder Event 2016, held in Edinburgh’s City Chambers.

West Lothian Palliative Care Team nominated for Marie Curie award for work with the terminally ill


The West Lothian Marie Curie care team and an Edinburgh nurse have been nominated for a national award for work with people living with a terminal illness.

Robotic assisted prostate surgery service launches


Health Secretary Shona Robison, today (9 November 2016) launched a pioneering robotic surgery service for patients with prostate cancer at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh.

Updated: confirmed measles cases in Lothian


Cases of measles have been confirmed in the Edinburgh area in the last several weeks and NHS Lothian is encouraging people to ensure that they are fully immunised against the virus.

Dads2b classes launch in East Lothian


NHS Lothian has launched free antenatal classes for first-time dads in Musselburgh.

Happy Birthday to our Minor Injuries Clinic


As a special 22nd birthday treat for the clinic’s specialist nurse, paramedic and physiotherapy practitioners, we arranged for a special rendition of “Happy Birthday” to be performed (appropriately) in the key of ‘A Minor.’

One thousand people use Mental Health Information Station in first year


NHS Lothian’s Mental Health Information Station celebrates its first anniversary in style after welcoming more than one thousand visitors in its first year.

Lothian healthcare heroes shortlisted at Scottish Health Awards


Four individuals and three healthcare teams from NHS Lothian have been selected as finalists at the Scottish Health Awards 2016.

St John’s Hospital receives exemplary inspection report


St John’s Hospital in Livingston has received a very positive report from the Healthcare Environment Inspectorate after an unannounced inspection.

Green for go at Ratho


Work on a new £1.5m GP surgery in Ratho is set to start in January 2017 after contracts were agreed by NHS Lothian and the local developer of the site.

Construction to start on East Lothian Community Hospital


Work on the new £70m East Lothian Community Hospital will start in October after financial contracts were signed with the Scottish Government.

The Royal Hospital for Sick Children glows gold to raise awareness of childhood cancer


The Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh will be glowing gold tonight (September 1) to raise awareness of childhood cancer.

Consortium building new hospital provides construction update


IHS Lothian Ltd, the consortium building the £150m Royal Hospital for Sick Children and Department of Clinical Neurosciences, has informed NHS Lothian that they are reviewing the construction timetable for the project.

Travel information for Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh


Works to connect the water main to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children and Department of Clinical Neurosciences will begin next week (Monday 22 August).

NHS Lothian Annual Review - Rescheduled Date


The NHS Lothian Annual Review meeting will take place on Monday 10 October 2016. The meeting date has been rescheduled from Wednesday 31 August 2016.

Recruitment Open Days August 2016


Recruitment open days will be held at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in August 2016.

Phone issues at St John's Hospital


We are currently experiencing issues with our phone lines at St John’s Hospital.

Local Family Help Minister Cut Ground On New Partnership Centre


A sod cutting ceremony was carried out yesterday (wed) to officially mark the start of construction work on the first of three health and social care centres in Edinburgh and West Lothian.

Health Heroes Honoured


LOCAL healthcare workers have been honoured at a ceremony celebrating the best of the best of NHS Lothian staff.

NHS Lothian confirms commitment to St John’s Hospital Children’s Ward


Board members today (Wednesday 22 June) gave the green light to plans to ensure the sustainability of inpatient children’s services in NHS Lothian.

Why infant feeding?


It’s breastfeeding celebration week in NHS Lothian – here Ashley Jack reflects on her journey of becoming an Infant Feeding Advisor.

Review of paediatric inpatient services in Lothian


An expert review has concluded that inpatient children’s services should be retained on two sites in Lothian - St John’s Hospital (SJH) and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children (RHSC).

Health Professionals speak out to reassure women about smear tests


Women in the Lothians are being urged to go for their smear test when invited as Cervical Screening Awareness Week gets underway (13-19 June 2016).

Health Centre Scaling the Heights with New Name


A £7.3 million health centre in Edinburgh is scaling new heights following a public vote to rename it.

Catch up Clinics for MMR and HPV vaccines


Teenagers across Lothian are being urged to protect themselves and others against serious illness by ensuring they have completed their vaccinations.

Celebrating Success Awards Finalists Unveiled


The judging panel has now met to consider all the nominations and decided on the shortlist for the closely contentested categories.

Draft Report on Children's Services Received By Board


Board members have received a draft report on the future shape of children’s inpatient services in NHS Lothian.

Plans for East Lothian Community Hospital move forward


Plans for the new East Lothian Community Hospital continue to move forward. The Outline Business Case, seen as the next major milestone for the project, will be submitted to the Scottish Government for approval this July.

Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh recruitment open day


We are excited to be hosting a nursing recruitment day at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh on Wednesday 25 May in Auditorium A, Chancellor’s Building, from 9am to 4pm. Find out more.

Visitors urged to help stop spread of Norovirus


Strict infection control measures have been reinforced across NHS Lothian amid concerns that the winter vomiting virus is still circulating.

International Day of the Midwife - Blog


On the International Day of the Midwife, please read Clare Patterson's touching blog about why she decided to join the profession.

Work to start on partnership centres in Edinburgh and West Lothian


The construction of three partnership centres in Edinburgh and West Lothian will start over the coming weeks.

Children And Young Peoples Plan Here At Last


The Health and Social Care Partnership’s plan to help East Lothian’s children and young people to achieve their fullest potential in life goes live

LEAP achieves landmark with their 500th Graduate, Emma


A mother-of-two has achieved a major milestone after becoming the 500th graduate of a pioneering drug and alcohol detox recovery programme.

Works to start on new partnership centres


The construction of three partnership centres in Edinburgh and West Lothian will start over the coming weeks after the financial contracts were agreed.

Integration Goes Live! - Welcome Message from Tim Davison, Chief Executive


The new arrangements for health and social care come fully into effect on 1 April 2016.

Review of children’s inpatient services – public meetings


NHS Lothian would like to thank everyone who took the time to attend the public meetings on the current review of inpatient hospital care for children

Plans for £2m Prestonpans Health Centre extension get the go-ahead


Final proposals for a £2million extension and refurbishment of Prestonpans Health Centre have been approved by East Lothian Council.

Lothian gears up for busy Easter Holidays


With some GP surgeries and pharmacies shut for the holiday weekends, the Minor Injuries Clinic is open 365 days a year from 8am-9pm.

Campaign to stamp out proxy cigarette sales


Adults are being warned not to buy cigarettes for underage children, as part of a hard hitting campaign, that has been unveiled across Lothian.

Prison placement scheme launched in Lothian


A groundbreaking new scheme designed to improve health and tackle re-offending is being launched in Lothian. NHS Lothian is working with the Scottish Prison Service to help provide meaningful rehabilitation to offenders at the end of their prison term.

East Lothian hospital at home and integrated care model is cited as example of good practice in latest Audit Scotland Report


The latest publication in Audit Scotland’s Changing Models of Health and Social Care series cites the ELSIE service, which supports people in East Lothian, as an example of good practice for Scotland.

Cleft Surgical Services for NHS Scotland


Consultation on the proposal to improve the national specialist Cleft Surgical Services for NHS Scotland.

Review of children's inpatient services - public meetings


A series of public meetings will be held next month as part of a review of inpatient hospital care for children in NHS Lothian. Patients, families, carers and staff are invited to go along to their local events.

Can Hibs fans proclaim to walk 500 miles?


Hibernian staff and players have joined forces with health website Living it Up to walk 500 miles…and they are challenging fans to walk 500 more.

Planning permission granted for East Lothian Community Hospital


East Lothian Council’s Planning Committee has today (1 March) granted planning permission for the building of a new community hospital at Roodlands in Haddington.

Young people urged to get vaccinated against Meningitis ACWY


Teenagers in Edinburgh and Lothians are being urged to get vaccinated against a deadly new strain of Meningitis.

Health secretary marks construction milestone at Royal Edinburgh Hospital redevelopment


A topping out ceremony has today (11 February 2016) been held to mark a key milestone in the construction of the new £48 million first phase redevelopments at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital campus.

Uncover our ‘Health Hero’


NHS Lothian’s annual search for our ‘Health Hero’ launches today (8 February 2016).

Paediatric care in Lothian survey


The review of acute paediatric care in NHS Lothian is currently underway and patients, families, carers and staff are being asked for their views.

Last Reviewed: 06/01/2016