Emergency Department Royal Hospital for Sick Children

If your child has a life threatening illness or injury please call 999.

The Emergency Department at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and provides high quality emergency care to children up until their 13th birthday.

In some circumstances it is possible for a GP to refer older children for assessment within the department, but most children aged 13yrs or older should be seen in either the Emergency Department at the Royal Infirmary, or the Minor Injuries Unit at the Western General Hospital.

Shortly after your arrival at the department your child will be assessed by an experienced triage nurse to determine the severity of their condition. When appropriate, children with more severe conditions will be prioritised and may be seen sooner than those who arrived earlier.

As the department can be very busy and it is important that we are always able to provide care for emergency conditions, the Emergency Department does not provide the following:

  • Telephone advice
  • Treatment of minor illnesses
  • Second opinions on pre-existing conditions

Please phone NHS24 on 08454 242424 or contact your own GP for advice on these.

Accident and Emergency Department, Royal Hospital for Sick Children (under age 13)
9 Sciennes Road
0131 536 1000

Last Reviewed: 21/08/2012