The Royal Hospital for Sick Children

The Royal Hospital for Sick Children (RHSC) in Edinburgh was the first children's hospital in Scotland.

It was built on its present site in Sciennes Road, Edinburgh in 1895 and opened by HRH Princess Beatrice of York,  granddaughter of Queen Victoria. Our current patron is HRH Princess Beatrice of York, granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II. 

Every year over 100,000 children pass through the doors of the hospital, ranging in age from just a few hours old to aged 16 in some specialities. The majority of our patients come from Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife, but the hospital treats children from all over Scotland.

The hospital was built at a cost of £50,000 – the same price as a retrieval trolley which Edinburgh Children's Hospital Charity later funded.

Did you know?

  • 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 122 beds.
  • We undertake medical research and are a teaching hospital.