What you need to know about the Sick Kids’ move

Essential NHS information about hospital moves affecting you.


The Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh (including the Emergency Department) closes its doors to patients on Tuesday 9 July, 2019.

If a child (up to 16 years) that you care for requires emergency treatment from 8am on 9 July, you must go to the new hospital next to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh at Little France.

The Royal Hospital for Sick Children and the Department of Clinical Neurosciences are moving emergency and planned care services to their new home next to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Little France, Edinburgh. Child and Adolescent Mental Health Day Service and the Inpatient Unit are included as part of these moves.

  • The Royal Hospital for Sick Children (Sciennes Road, Edinburgh) is closing its doors for patients on Tuesday 9 July 2019 and is transferring all services to the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People, Edinburgh.
  • The Department of Clinical Neurosciences is transferring services on Friday 12 July.
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Day Service and Inpatients Unit are transferring on Monday 15 July 2019.

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All of these services will be located at the new address:

50 Little France Crescent
Edinburgh EH16 4SF

Main Switchboard Telephone Number:
0131 536 1000

Ward 2 Reception Telephone Number:
0131 312 1334

The new hospital includes:
  • Children’s Emergency Department, next to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh Adult Emergency Department
  • 242 beds
  • 10 Theatres
  • 10 Wards (Inpatient and Day Care)
  • Therapy departments
  • Outpatients
  • Outdoor play areas
  • Physical and mental health specialities on one site
  • Modern Imaging equipment
  • An Art and Therapeutic Design programme worth over £5 million, which enhances the environment and experience of the hospital. This programme has been funded by Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity (www.ECHCharity.org) and Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation (www.elhf.co.uk)
  • Ronald McDonald House (accommodation for families of paediatric patients)
  • Helipad
  • Inpatient bedside entertainment
  • Public WiFi
Getting there


They encourage patients, staff and visitors to use public transport, whenever possible.

If you do visit the site by car, there are a number of car parks across the Edinburgh BioQuarter campus.

In addition to these car parks, there are dedicated “drop off” spaces near the main entrances.

A limited number of parking spaces close to the hospital are available to book in advance of some planned appointments.

Access to these spaces (known as “close proximity parking”) will be granted on the basis of clinical need and therefore cannot be guaranteed. Details on how ot book “close proximity parking” spaces will be included in appointment letters.

Bus Service

There are a number of buses to and from the new hospital. The majority of these buses are provided by Lothian Buses. Buses that regularly run through the campus includes 7, 8, 21, 24, 33, 38, 49 and 400.

A Park & Ride is located only two miles away, served by regular buses.

Bus timetables are available through http://www.lothianbuses.com or download the Transport for Edinburgh App.

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