On the move!

Your children's hospital is moving.

The news that the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People has now been handed over to NHS Lothian and has been warmly received by the Edinburgh charity which exists to support babies, children and young people who will use the new facility.

Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity (ECHC) have provided funding of over £3 million towards the new hospital’s innovative Art and Therapeutic Design Programme; the largest integrated programme of its kind in a children’s hospital setting in Europe. 


Roslyn Neely, Chief Executive of ECHC says, “No child or young person wants to spend time in hospital but when it is necessary, we are pleased that visitors to the new children’s hospital in Edinburgh will have such an incredible building to come to. 


“We are really looking forward to the hospital opening its doors in July.  Through clever use of art and design, we believe we have helped to create a building which will provide comfort, welcome, distraction and fun, depending on what is needed in that particular space. 


“One example is the outpatients waiting area, The Pod, where Edinburgh landmarks have been reimagined by children.  This space is filled with technology and hidden worlds, all designed to put children and young people at ease and help them engage positively with their surroundings.  We can’t wait for people to arrive and see how incredible it all looks”.


The charity has funded enhancements to the waiting, play, sitting and dining areas within the children’s hospital, as well as the Sanctuary, Child Protection Unit and the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) unit which be located within the building. 


In addition to providing ongoing funding for the new hospital, the charity will run the hospital shop, an innovative seven days per week Arts Programme; and a unique youth work, child and family support service, called The Hub, in the new building.


ECHC is funding the following Art and Therapeutic Design projects:


Providing a welcoming entrance area both inside and out with exciting points of interest for all ages.


Making interesting, comfortable and interactive spaces, with innovative technology, in the main outpatient waiting area.

Bed Spaces

Providing each bed space with a tablet and smart TV, as connectivity with friends and family is so important.

Clinical areas

Distraction and therapeutic provision (like our amazing Secret Garden project and sky ceilings) throughout all the treatment rooms.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

Providing enhancements to the environment, furniture, personal and communal spaces including the gardens.

Family Spaces

Ensuring areas such as the Sanctuary, parent sitting rooms, bereavement suites, and rooms used for family discussions with clinicians are all as comfortable and suitable for their purposes as possible, incorporating artwork wherever feasible and appropriate.

Landscaping, Courtyards and Drop In Centre/Family Support

We will redevelop the Drop In Centre and enhance landscaping to provide an amazing external environment around the hospital.

There is great affection and respect for the 'Sick Kids' hospital and maintaining this history and heritage in the new building continues to be a priority.  NHS Lothain has developed a project tagline which is being used through the life of the project.