The Royal Hospital for Children and Young People

The Royal Hospital for Children and Young People (RHCYP) in Edinburgh opened its doors on 23 March 2021.

This purpose-built, world class facility forms part of the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh campus in the Edinburgh BioQuarter at Little France and replaced the Royal Hospital for Sick Children (The Sick Kids) which was previously located at Sciennes.

The hospital is home to all Children's Inpatient and Outpatient Services, including A&E, as well as Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and the Department of Clinical Neuroscience (DCN).

No child or young person wants to be in hospital, but for those who have to be, Edinburgh Children's Hospital Charity is there to make the experience as positive as possible.

At the RHCYP, we support children, young people and families with our daily arts activities, ward-based youth work, family support service, hardship funding, the play programme, parent beds at every child's bedside, our hospital shop, and world class medical research and equipment.

You will recognise us from our red hoodies and you will find our Children's Wellbeing Team around the hospital and in The Hub in the Family Support Corridor.

For further information about the RHCYP and support and guidance to help you prepare for your hospital visit, please visit NHS Lothian's Children's Services website.

ECHC provided funding of over £3.1million 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 the UK.

Did you know?

  • Edinburgh's children's hospital treats over 110,000 babies, children and young people every year, ranging in age from just a few hours old to aged 16.
  • The majority of children and young people come from Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife, but many also come from all over Scotland.
  • 48,000 children will visit A&E every year.
  • We are the specialist centre in Scotland for spinal surgery, epilepsy surgery, neurology, plastic surgery, keyhole surgery.
  • The hospital has an Intensive Care Unit; High Dependency Unit; Oncology/Haematology ward; A&E; Radiography; and a Neurology ward
  • The hospital has 233 beds.
  • We undertake medical research and are a teaching hospital.