Royal Hospital for Sick Children and Department of Clinical Neurosciences

 

This £150 million project will redevelop services from the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and the Department of Clinical Neurosciences in a single building adjoining the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh at Little France.

The new co-located building will see services from the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Department of Clinical Neurosciences and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service brought together in a modern and high-quality setting at Little France.
 
Construction works started in February 2015 and the new building, which will adjoin the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh via adult and children Emergency Departments, is anticipated to open in autumn 2017. 
 

It will also bring with it an increase in single rooms with ensuite facilities and a range of new technology. This project will see a combined building constructed next to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, bringing paediatric care, specialist neonatal care, neurosciences and adult and children’s emergency departments together on one site.

Benefits and facts

  • 233 beds and ten theatres. 154 beds in the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, 67 beds in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences and 12 beds in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service.
  • The six storey building (including basement) will have a large atrium with a shop and café, a stunning skylight linking both hospital entrances, a helipad on the roof and a link building adjoining adult and paediatric emergency departments.
  • 11 beds will be added to the critical care department within the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.
  • The specifically designed family hotel will mean that the experience for families whose child has to spend time in hospital is more homely.
  • Conjoined children’s and adult Emergency Departments will mean that the most appropriate services are available to teenagers who currently do not always fit well into either service.
  • Patients in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service suffering from physical illness and mental health problems will benefit from the immediate availability of both specialities.
  • The Department of Clinical Neurosciences will make neurology and neurosurgery available to all age groups on a single site, meaning potentially quicker treatment is available. One advantage will be that patients who present to the Emergency Department at Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and who subsequently turn out to need neurosurgery will no longer need to be transferred to the Western General Hospital.
  • The most modern imaging equipment within Department of Clinical Neurosciences along with its adjacency to the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic and the Clinical Research Imaging Centre will allow Department of Clinical Neurosciences to further enhance its position as a leading clinical and academic neurosciences centre.

Last Reviewed: 16/04/2015