Medical Physics

Welcome to Medical Physics within NHS Lothian. The department is based at the Royal Infirmary, St John’s and the Western General Hospitals, from which Medical Physics staff provide an area service to Lothian and Fife. Within the University Hospitals Division of Lothian Health, Medical Physics has close links with Oncology Physics staff and with Medical Physics in the University of Edinburgh.

The role of physicists and engineers in the NHS is to facilitate the introduction of new clinical technology and scientific methods into healthcare and to ensure their safe and effective use. Medical physics staff have a wide variety of scientific and technical expertise: there are electronic engineers, physicists, computer scientists, a range of technical staff including mechanical workshop technicians, and administrative staff.

The spectrum of medical physics work ranges from basic first-line servicing of medical equipment to leading major research projects backed by national funding bodies.

Our department is divided into five sections that specialise in different areas of physics and engineering applied to medicine: Clinical Engineering & Non-Ionising Radiation Physics;  Imaging Physics; Medical Equipment Management; Nuclear Medicine Physics; & Radiation Protection.



Please add the (0131) for the area code if telephoning from outside Edinburgh, or (01506) for St John's Hospital (Livingston).

Telephone No.
Medical Physics Office, WGH
537 2155
Medical Physics Office, RIE
242 2371  
Medical Physics Office, St John's
52 2148

Anaesthetics Technical Service
242 3172
Dialysis Technical Service
242 1250
Medical Equipment Management, RIE
242 2352
Medical Equipment Management, St John's 
52 2150
Medical Equipment Management, WGH
537 2169

Postal Addresses

Department of Medical Physics
The Royal infirmary of Edinburgh
51 Little France Crescent
EH16 4SA
Department of Medical Physics
Western General Hospital
Crewe Road South
Department of Medical Physics
St. John's Hospital,
Howden Road West
West Lothian
EH54 6PP


Last Reviewed: 09/02/2015